June 5, 2015

New Helpline for Farmers Launched

The rural charity RSABI has launched a new telephone helpline to help and support those in farming, and other land-based industries, and their dependants. The charity, which provides financial assistance to those who have relied on the land, says the new helpline will provide a single point of inquiry for those in need. The helpline –…

April 21, 2015

Farm Visit – Pittarthie Farm Education Trust

Pittarthie Farm Education Trust hosted a visit for 30 young students from Germany today. The students from Münster, were on a week long cultural trip and whilst at Pittarthie Farm were informed of the ways in which farming and conservation can be integrated. As part of their experience, the students were given the opportunity to…

April 16, 2015

Beavers in Scotland

Scott Petrie, Principal Consultant at Five Glens, gave a presentation to Woodland Trust Scotland today on Beavers in Scotland. The presentation detailed the political process involved regarding the possible reintroduction of beavers as well as the Scottish Beaver Trial and the work of the Tayside Beaver Study Group. Scott also facilitated a visit for Woodland…

April 13, 2015

Bird of Prey Crime Maps Published

Recently published maps show that the number of recorded crimes against birds of prey in Scotland fell from 23 in 2013 to 19 in 2014. The Bird of Prey Crime Maps published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland show six reported bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland in 2014, the…

March 12, 2015

Grampian Regional Forestry Forum Meeting

Drummuir Estate played host to today’s meeting of the Grampian Regional Forestry Forum. An estate with many examples of community engagement and integrated land management practices. http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/supporting/communication-consultation/regional-forestry-forums/grampian http://www.drummuirestate.co.uk/

March 7, 2015

New Strategy for Scottish Land-based Education and Training

SRUC is currently leading on the development of a National Strategy for Land-Based Education and Training. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council (and primarily targeting college provision) the final report is expected during the summer of 2015 with any recommendations likely to take effect from 2016/17 onwards. http://www.ruralgateway.org.uk/en/node/9554