Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Upland Solutions

The final versions of the three reports produced by the project are now available on the Forum's website.  This project is an important output from the Forum.

The press release issued to announce the publication of the final report is also available from the website and this resulted in an article in the Press & Journal on 23 August 2011, which again can be viewed from the website.

The project and the report have highlighted many issues and the Forum will be considering these to see how the lessons learned can be applied in the future.

Peatlands and the 2020 Climate Group

Building on a briefing I prepared for the Forum, I wrote an article for Scotland's 2020 Climate Group that has now been published on the group's website.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Muirburn Licensing

The licensing scheme introduced by the Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 is now live and the guidance and application form can be downloaded from the SNH website.

Other muirburn provisions introduced by the Act are likely to be implemented prior to the start of the Muirburn Season on 1 October.   The Forum's muirburn group will be assisting the Scottish Government with the preparation of additional guidance about these issues - mainly changes to the season to remove the extension above 450m to 15 May, and changes to the neighbour notification requirements.