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Could you be our new Press & Public Affairs Manager?

21 Jan 2022
General News

We have an opening for a new Press & Public Affairs Manager. Are you passionate about using your campaigning expertise to help rural Scotland thrive? As a membership organisation, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) is responsible for championing and supporting rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to one of...

Rural Businesses set to Suffer as Short-term Lets Legislation Passes

19 Jan 2022
Press Release

Rural businesses are set to suffer following the Scottish Parliament’s passing of a short-term lets licensing order which is hugely disproportionate to the problems that are claimed to be managed, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. SLE has consistently raised strong concerns that the draft licensing order had been shaped with mainly...

Livestock attacks: Police Scotland and rural organisations combine forces

11 Jan 2022
Press Release

A campaign to protect Scotland’s livestock has been launched following new legislation which protects animals from dog attacks through a range of measures including updating the livestock definition, fines up to £40,000 and prison sentences for owners who let their pets worry, kill or injure farmed animals. SPARC, the Scottish Partnership...

Cambridge University research adds to bank of science demonstrating muirburn's positive contribution on carbon

7 Jan 2022
General News

This article originally appeared on giftofgrouse.com. The role of muirburn in maintaining some of Scotland’s most precious habitats can be a heated one – but new science from the University of Cambridge is the latest research to demonstrate the importance of ‘cool burns’ to our upland ecosystem. Published in Nature Geoscience by Dr. Adam...

Winter walkers urged to tread safely on Scotland’s estates following Storm Arwen

21 Dec 2021
Press Release

Walkers accessing Scotland’s rural estates for recreation over Christmas and New Year are being asked to take care as the clear up operation from Storm Arwen continues. Although the full damage is still being assessed from the storm in late-November, it is estimated that more than eight million trees were damaged, accounting for between 1...

Land Managers are Crucial to Delivering Cairngorms Vision

17 Dec 2021
Press Release

Land managers are crucial to deliver positive outcomes for people, nature and place, Scottish Land & Estates has said after submitting its views on the Cairngorms National Park Authority’s proposed five-year National Park Partnership Plan. The Plan covers all areas of life and work within the National Park, from conservation to land...

Two new appointments to SLE HQ team

17 Dec 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed two new members of staff to augment its headquarters team. Sarah Madden has joined SLE as a Policy Adviser (Rural Communities) and Hannah Lloyd joins as the organisation’s Business Development Manager. Sarah previously worked for parliamentarians in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments, most...

Covid-19 update: guidance for tourism and hospitality sector

16 Dec 2021
General News

Following the First Minister’s update on the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland on Tuesday 14 December, the Scottish Government has released updated guidance on protective measures that should be implemented in the tourism and hospitality sectors to help manage the increasing number of positive cases. The Scottish Government maintains that the...

Storm Arwen and responsible access

16 Dec 2021
General News

As we approach the festive period it is likely that an increasing number of people will want to access the outdoors. Members of the public could potentially place themselves in harm’s way while clear-up operations from Storm Arwen remain in progress. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) makes it clear that land managers can temporarily...

New SLC research to examine effect of natural capital and carbon value on land market

15 Dec 2021
Press Release

Research to understand the implications of natural capital and carbon value on the land market will be welcome if it helps to aid evidence-based policymaking, SLE has said. The Scottish Land Commission announced the initiative this week, with its stated aim to create an 'over-arching summary of current market activity, with a particular...