Rural and Environment

  • Extra £4 million for snowsports

    14th March 2021 by

    Additional funding of up to £4 million will support Scotland’s snowsports centres and ski schools though the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The sector has been forced to close due to Level 4 restrictions to suppress the spread of COVID-19. This support comes on top of a £3 million funding package announced in January for snowsports...

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Ben Macpherson, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment – UN World Wildlife Day FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Ben Macpherson, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment – UN World Wildlife Day FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • World Wildlife Day

    3rd March 2021 by

    Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Ben Macpherson – UN World Wildlife Day.  FROM mountain hares and sea eagles to porpoises and whales, Scotland boasts some incredible wildlife. This World Wildlife Day, people across the globe will join together – to appreciate the natural world around them, to learn more about the importance...

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  • Reflections of Chief Vet: 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak

    1st March 2021 by

    February marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak of 2001 – the worst the UK has experienced. But it wasn’t until 1 March 2001 that the first case was identified in Scotland. As I have said before this is, in no way, an anniversary to be celebrated. It...

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  • Clarity on seafood support

    26th February 2021 by

    The UK Government must provide urgent detail on its new seafood funding scheme or risk undermining the support it is looking to provide businesses impacted by EU Exit and coronavirus (COVID-19), Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has said. In a letter to the UK Government ahead of the second meeting of the Scottish Seafood Exports Taskforce...

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  • Restoring our peatlands is a huge win for Scotland

    16th February 2021 by

    Writing in Scotland on Sunday, Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham discusses how peatland restoration can help in our global fight against climate change.  CARBON gold – not often words that spring to mind when thinking about Scotland’s boggy landscape. Yet that is exactly what our peatlands are – huge stores of carbon created...

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  • New regulations mark land reform milestone

    10th February 2021 by

    Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on the passing of regulations to make land ownership more transparent

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  • Fisheries Secretary responds to UK Government seafood funding announcement

    9th February 2021 by

    Commenting on the opening of the UK Government’s Seafood Disruption Support Scheme, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “After three weeks of waiting for detail, it is disappointing and beyond any rational explanation that this new compensation scheme will not help the vast majority of fishing vessels who continue to face the cost of the disruption...

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  • Working together to maximise the potential of our land.

    5th February 2021 by

    Regional Land Use Partnerships are being piloted to help develop Scotland’s approach to land use in support of our green recovery and transition to net-zero. The Partnerships will help national and local government, communities, land owners and stakeholders work together to find ways to optimise land use in a fair and inclusive way – meeting...

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