The Annual Implementation Report (AIR) of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) has been published.

Covering the first three years of the 2014-2020 Programme, the full report and Summary for Citizens can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Land & Estates are running a Land Managers’ Training Day on Wednesday 18 October at Perth Racecourse for those actively involved in Scottish land management.

The day will consist of presentations in the morning, a buffet lunch, workshops in the afternoon, and an ‘ask the experts’ panel session before close. 

The second stage of a project to restore peat bogs on Luss Estates in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has been completed.

The joint project between the National Park Authority and Luss Estates to tackle climate change saw six weeks of work carried out over an area of 80 hectares on Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill, above Glen Luss.

AECS and Pains on the Croft - Getting to Grips with Agri-Environment Schemes

Are you trying to get to grips with AECS, or wondering how managing your land differently could impact production?

This event will look at ‘win-win’ situations, where agri-environmental management can benefit both wildlife and production.

You will also spend time exploring some of the practicalities and challenges associated with applying for and managing land under an Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS).

Free of charge to farmers, crofters and land managers.

A recently launched initiative is encouraging people to Adopt a Path in Scotland's National Parks.

The Adopt a Path initiative has been launched by The Mountains and The People Project and enables those passionate about Scotland's mountains to become custodians of their favourite routes.

Funding is available to land owners, managers, farmers, crofters and estates to help protect Scotland's peatlands.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has already received more than £4 million of applications to the Peatland Action Fund and wants further applications before the closing date at the end of October.

For Peat's Sake - Managing Peatlands and Upland Grazing

Peatlands – friend or foe? This interactive meeting will focus on the current and future role that peatlands play within our hill farms.

Currently a valuable carbon sink, flood water store, wildlife habitat and clean water filter, will peatlands prove to be a future ‘cash cow’ for hill farms?

How can you, as farmers, increase the value of peatlands by restoration and, most importantly, how is this funded? 

Scottish Rural Action will receive £200,000 from the Scottish Government to support the delivery of their 2017-19 Action Plan.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland. They are a non-profit, apolitical organisation which is completely independent of Government. They have the dual purpose of developing and organising Scotland’s Rural Parliament and supporting the development of a rural movement.

A new funding round for the Agri-Environmental Climate Scheme (AECS) has been announced by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham at the Royal Highland Show.

Agri-Environment, Diffuse Pollution and Organic schemes will open in January 2018, with a round for Improving Public Access expected to open in March.

Around 90 people from across Scotland gathered at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye on 30 and 31 May for the Community Land Scotland conference 2017.

The theme of this year's conference was 'Sharing the Knowledge' and with presentations, workshops and plenty of time for networking the event was a great opportunity for people to learn from each other.