Learning and skills

NSA Scot Sheep 2024

NSA Scotsheep is a biennial event organised by NSA Scotland and will be the most important specialist event in the calendar for sheep producers in Scotland and North of England in 2024.

Organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA), NSA Scot Sheep 2024 will be held on Wednesday 5th June 2024, at Aikengall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian, where the Hamilton family; James, Charles and Harry, along with their mother Vanessa and their late father John moved in 1998, from Dykefoot and South Cobbinshaw in Lanarkshire.

In Rural Jobs Round Up, you can find out about some current vacancies in rural and island Scotland and jobs in rural development. Any enquiries about a post should be directed to the respective organisation. 

Moor House - the home of Upland Research - Heather Trust Update Day 2024

Welcome to The Heather Trust's Annual Update Day; this year at Moor House, in the Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.

The event features an in-depth site visit at Moor House, as well as presentations from Rob Marrs, Andreas Heinemeyer, Martin Furness, Katrina Candy, David Jarrett, Dave Baines and other knowledgable experts.

Bracken Management - so what now?

Katrina Candy, Director of The Heather Trust, and Simon Thorp, Bracken Control Group Chair and bracken expert, present an online Q&A session to discuss the current state of play with bracken and its control across the UK. Free to attend!

Growing vegetable crops in controlled environments - the skills you need

In this second webinar on Controlled environment agriculture | HIE (CEA), also known as protected cultivation or growing, you will hear from guest speakers about different aspects of skills you need to consider when planning, setting up and running an operation.

DPEA: Planning appeals training for communities

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) is part of the Scottish Government, dealing with planning appeals and a range of other casework including wind farm proposals and electricity grid infrastructure. 

Join this virtual event to hear more about DPEA’s role, the way it works and how communities can get involved in this part of the planning process. The event is open to all Community Councils and community groups who have an interest or a statutory role in the planning system. 

VisitScotland have published a handy Food Tourism Industry Guide to support rural and island businesses. 

Businesses can learn what food tourism is, how it can benefit their business and how to develop quality food tourism experiences.

Scientists and volunteers are joining together for Orca Watch this May. 

GO Falkland 2024

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, GO Falkland is being held at Falkland Estate over two days on 17th and 18th July with a vibrant fringe of smaller venues and exhibitor spaces, local food and drinks, music and more. Tickets are available below.