Opinion and story pieces

Perthshire charity is the new maker of what3words signs

14 Jan 2021

In this blog, Rosie Baxendine, who works in Business Development for The Workshop Aberfeldy, gives a brief overview of the Perthshire charity which helps those with additional support needs gain skills and confidence in a positive workplace environment. The

Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme Claim Period Extension

18 Dec 2020

Many members were disappointed last week to hear that although they had been successful in their application, it appeared impossible for many to buy the kit they needed and have it on farm by the end of March 2021 due to extended lead times in the supply chain

Kames Castle Cottages – Confidence and positivity key to recovery

10 Dec 2020

Mike and Nicole Nicholson have owned, invested in and operated Kames Castle Cottages on the Isle of Bute as a successful holiday-let business since 2015. As with all hospitality providers, the couple has faced uncertainty and a period of introspection during

Growing trees - so many benefits

3 Dec 2020

Lyn White is Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming development officer. In this guest blog, she explains why if you were ever considering creating more woodlands on your land – now is a great time to do it. So why trees? There are multiple benefits of

The introduction of Red Squirrels at Attadale

19 Nov 2020

Attadale estate has become the latest addition to the Wildlife Estates Scotland family. They showed exemplary consideration for nature and demonstrated a range of projects to support wildlife and improve biodiversity. Their love of nature is seen throughout

NatureScot Report: Badger impacts on biodiversity and agriculture in Scotland - a literature review.

16 Oct 2020

Our Policy Adviser Karen Ramoo discusses a literature review commissioned by NatureScot on the subject of badger conservation. In addition, she poses a number of questions to SLE members who wish to submit information to help guide future work in this area. In

A visit to the Tree Top Trials at Craufurdland Castle

6 Oct 2020

In this short blog, find out about our Clydeside Regional Support Officer Liza Moran's visit to Craufurdland Castle's Tree Top Trials. This weekend past, I took the family out to visit SLE member Craufurdland Castle. The estate itself has a large variety of

Gene Conservation Units

1 Oct 2020

Melissa Minter is a PhD researcher at the University of York with partners Natural England and NatureScot. Her research looks into the conservation genetics of the mountain ringlet butterfly, the UK’s only montane butterfly which has shown declines under

Spotting Squirrels this Red Squirrel Week

21 Sep 2020

Keilidh Ewan is a Communications & Engagement Officer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. In this blog she discusses the work being done by the organisation, and how you can participate in the 2020 Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. The red squirrel is one of

Forestry and Land Scotland out of season culling

11 Sep 2020

Following Forestry and Land Scotland’s decision to undertake out of season deer control on Scotland’s national forests and land, Scottish Land & Estates has made the following comment: The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 allows NatureScot to issue approvals and