Protecting foxes, hares and other wild mammals from being chased and killed by packs of dogs is the purpose of the Scottish Government’s new Hunting with Dogs Bill.

The Bill will replace existing legislation in this area, making the law clearer and closing loopholes.

Rewilding Britain is launching the UK’s first Rewilding Innovation Fund to boost locally led land and marine nature recovery projects across Britain, including community initiatives and those focused on improving people’s health and wellbeing.

The fund will be given to innovative projects seeking to create new opportunities for large-scale nature restoration, such as through community engagement, business plans or use of technology.

The purpose of the Natural Capital Pilots are to inform what future rural support outside of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) might look like. 

Financial support will be made available to help crofters and farmers on Scotland’s islands effectively manage local populations of greylag geese.

In some locations, an increase in numbers of geese has caused significant agricultural damage to barley crops and improved pasture, from cropping being eaten and trampled.

Can you help with research into the existing and potential use of Scotland’s wild plants, fungi and algae?

Scotland has a rich larder of wild plants, fungi and algae. Some of these are foraged by individuals or used by businesses as food, flavours or in the production of art and design or personal care products.

The future of farming in Scotland

Farming is going through a change like never before, it is important for farmers and landowners to be on the front foot.

The consultation on the draft second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) Summary Report is now open.

Agroforestry: benefits of hedges & riparian buffers

Interested on what hedges and riparian buffers can do for your land?

Join us at this online event to hear from experts, farmers and crofters about their experience and ask your questions about :

Woodland creation for biodiversity: what to consider?

Come along and hear from Colin Edwards, Environment Policy Advisor, Scottish Forestry, on how to create woodland to meet your biodiversity objectives.

We will be looking at basic principles of site selection, key species to plant, integration of open habitat and creation of future habitat to maximise your biodiversity benefits.

Hear and discuss with our land managers their practical experiences of creating, woodland for biodiversity.

The Scottish Animal Welfare Commission (SAWC) undertook a review of the use of glue traps and concluded that there are significant animal welfare issues related to their use, not only for rodents but also for non-target species such as wild birds.