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SLE statement on RSPB Bird Crime publication

28 Aug 2019
General News

Following publication today of the RSPB ‘Bird Crime’ report, Scottish Land & Estates – whose membership includes sporting estates across Scotland – issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Significant progress has been made in tackling unacceptable raptor persecution over the last decade...

SLE appoints new Head of Policy

21 Aug 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, has appointed a new Head of Policy. Stephen Young joins SLE from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), where he was project manager. In his new role, Stephen will be responsible for managing SLE’s policy team at its Musselburgh HQ, as well as leading development of...

Finalists announced for 2019 Helping it Happen Awards

19 Aug 2019
General News

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards. Now in its third year, the campaign and its annual Awards are becoming increasingly renowned as champions of rural business and entrepreneurship in Scotland. High numbers of entries into all nine categories demonstrate strong support and appreciation of the...

Calls for bigger fines and longer prison sentences for wildlife criminals

16 Aug 2019
Press Release

People convicted of wildlife crimes such as deer poaching, hare coursing and bird of prey persecution should receive bigger fines and longer prison sentences than currently available says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses. In its response to the Scottish Government...

Estates support police appeal over golden eagle

13 Aug 2019
Press Release

Sporting estates today backed a police appeal for information over a golden eagle which was seen flying in the North-east of Scotland with what appeared to be a trap attached to its leg. Police Scotland issued the appeal after the bird was spotted by a tourist on Friday last week in the Deeside area. Scottish Land & Estates said today...

Grouse season underway as ‘lifeline’ to remote communities is recognised

12 Aug 2019
Press Release

The vital contribution of grouse moors to jobs, tourism and wildlife conservation in remote areas of Scotland has been heralded as the season got underway today. As Rottal Estate in the Angus Glens hosted the first party to go out on the Glorious Twelfth, rural communities backed the pursuit as vital to their long-term sustainability....

Scotland’s rural organisations ask for the value of grouse shooting to be acknowledged

12 Aug 2019
Press Release

Rural organisations have appealed to politicians to recognise the value of grouse shooting ahead of one of the most important seasons in generations. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) - alongside the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA), the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA)...

Fake news must not shape future of grouse moors

9 Aug 2019
General News

Following the recent story falsely claiming that shooters were travelling from the UK to hunt puffins in Iceland, Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group, discusses the serious matter of fake news on social media. Puffins are a bird not normally found in the crosshairs of the debate around moorland management...

SLE responds to NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report

5 Aug 2019
General News

Responding to the recently published NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report 2019 , Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Rural crime continues to have a real impact throughout Scotland but there has been tangible progress made in improving prevention and detection measures. “New technology is already playing a...

SLE support for new expert panel

2 Aug 2019
Press Release

Responding to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing’s announcement today that a panel of academic experts will review and revise rural policy in Scotland, Eleanor Kay, Policy Adviser for Scottish Land & Estates said: “We have been calling for evidence-based policy for some time to help rural Scotland thrive. That’s why we fully...