Spend a day exploring the methodology of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme and meeting like-minded volunteers. You will be taken through what is required as an NPMS volunteer and then head outside to practise setting up survey plots.
This year’s Community Land Scotland conference ‘Sharing the Knowledge’ will take place on the 30 and 31 May at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye. The conference will focus on helping aspiring and established community landowners and organisations that work with them to share knowledge and learning.
Keynote speaker: Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Land Commission.
Workshop topics include land buyouts, renewables at the cutting edge, the Crofting Bill and much more.
The first meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm will be open to all and free to attend. The event will begin at Brora Scout Hall where Jason will give an overview of Clynelish farm and representatives from QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds will give an overview of the Monitor Farm programme and how local farmers can get involved. After lunch the group will move to Clynelish farm for a short farm tour and to see the farm's buildings and housed cattle.
The first Lochaber Monitor Farm Meeting is taking place on Thursday 26 January at Strone Farm, and will be hosted by Chris Cameron. Lunch and afternoon session is at Mooring Hotel, lunch will be provided.
A practical course that will look into all aspects of lambing including:
Preparation for Lambing including ewe nutrition; Lambing Management including disease prevention and control; The mothering ewe including condition scoring; Practical Session including medication administration.
This course is very practical with a demonstration of Groundclear Ltd Robocut machine to cut brambles, gorse and rushes. Interpreting soil analysis from the croft and lime and fertiliser requirements. Weed control chemical and mechanical will be discussed. The grants available for this work will also be covered.