Podcast: Do Shooting Estates benefit Scotland's economy and what's the alternative?
Is there alternatives to grouse moors which are better for jobs and the economy?
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to Craig Dalzell, head of policy & research at the Common Weal think-tank, about their new report with research & design collective Lateral North, 'Back to Life: Visions of Alternative Futures for Scotland's Grouse Moors'.
‘Scaremongering’: Grouse moor reform campaigners hit back at ‘killing livelihoods’ claim
Report by Andy Wightman MSP and Dr Ruth Tingay found analysis of grouse-shooting estates employment and wages “equates to an average salary of “£11,401 which is below the level of the national minimum wage”
CAMPAIGNERS for grouse moor reform have hit back at criticism ahead of the launch of their new coalition, Revive, after the Scottish Gamekeepers Association said they wanted to “kill livelihoods”.
New campaign to reform grouse moors aims to change the face of Scotland
The Revive Coalition will mark its launch with a flagship report recommending the illegal persecution of raptors be classified as a “serious crime”
A NEW CAMPAIGN aiming to effect radical change on Scotland’s grouse moors will launch in Edinburgh today [6 October], accompanied by the publication of a flagship report recommending measures to challenge the intensive land management of Scottish uplands.
Ban driven grouse-shooting, Green MSP argues after Visit Scotland remove 'devastated' Cairngorms photo
Following criticism of a now-deleted Visit Scotland social media post, Wightman highlighted environmental concerns by the Cairngorms National Park
GREEN MSP Andy Wightman has reiterated his party’s call for a ban on driven grouse-shooting and “a completely new way of managing land” like the Cairngorms mountain range, following criticism of a now-deleted post by Visit Scotland.
Analysis: Disastrous hare-culling shows big landowners are irresponsible custodians of Scotland
With hares on eastern Scottish moorlands at less than 1 per cent of what they were in 1954, questions about the ownership and stewardship of Scottish land are more pressing than ever
THAT Scotland’s mountain hare population is under threat is not, strictly speaking, news.
“A momentous day”: Ulva buyout takes leap forward following boost from Scottish Land Fund
The SLF has granted the company behind the community buyout £4.4m
THE COMMUNITY BUYOUT of the island of Ulva has taken a major step forward after being awarded £4.4m from the Scottish Land Fund (SLF).
Plans for the buyout received the endorsement of Ulva residents, as well as those who fall under the membership area of the North West Mull Community Woodland Company (NWMCWC) in a postal ballot this January, after it was put on the market by current owner Jamie Howard.
Could community land ownership help tackle isolation in urban areas?
Glasgow event to raise awareness of benefits and barriers to community ownership
COMMUNITY LAND SCOTLAND (CLS) will host an event in community-owned Barmulloch Residents Centre on Tuesday 6 March to highlight the opportunities and challenges of community land ownership in urban areas.
The event is the culmination of a research project on the subject conducted by CLS, which will be published later in March.
‘Delight’ as community set to buy land from estate that carried out Highland Clearances
Renewable funds success boost Sutherland community land buyout plans
A THEE-THOUSAND ACRE community buyout plan on the east coast of Sutherland has now secured a double victory in locating financial support for the purchase from the Sutherland private estate.
Garbh Allt Community Initiative, for the townships of Marrel, West Helmsdale, Gartymore and Portgower, have achieved substantial progress towards a buyout of land surrounding Helmsdale.