Category Archives: Farming

Sharing Good Practice: Farmers and Nature

Last month, Battleby Auditorium played host to a popular Sharing Good Practice event, Farmers and Nature: promoting success and looking forward. We wanted farmers to share their success stories about how they farm sustainably to benefit nature. And we weren’t … Continue reading

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Diversification at Parkhill Farm

Parkhill farm has been in Roger Howison’s family for 117 years; over 215 hectares of mixed farmland rolling down to the banks of the River Tay and originally farmed by monks from the nearby Abbey.  Our Rural Resources Graduate Kristen … Continue reading

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Learn from the best – award winning Ruthven Farm

Ruthven farm outside Tomintoul has become something of a magnet for journalists and cameras since farmers Jim and Lesley Simmons successfully scooped the 2016 Cairngorms Nature Farm Award and the more recent Food and Farming accolade in the 2017 Nature … Continue reading

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Agroecology: in farmers’ words

SNH, with other agencies in the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG)*, has published a report on farmers’ experiences of transition to agroecological approaches. The Organic Research Centre undertook the work with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. Here, we describe … Continue reading

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Mossgiel farm – the land once worked by Robert Burns

Arriving at Mossgiel farm on a bright January morning to speak to farmer Bryce Cunningham I am met first by the face of another famous Ayrshire dairy farmer: that of poet Robert Burns which adorns the Mossgiel farm advertising.  It’s … Continue reading

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Lynbreck Croft- A day in the life …

For anyone visiting Lynbreck Croft for the first time, it is difficult not to leave with a sense of inspiration, understanding and a longing. SNH Graduate Placement Kirsten Brewster recently did just that in order to interview young crofter Lynn … Continue reading

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So, what has crofting ever done for biodiversity?

The pressures of intensive farming have huge implications on biodiversity. In contrast, Scotland’s biodiversity strategy recognises the value of crofting and here we look at these benefits. The term ‘biodiversity’ has become a buzz word over the last few years. … Continue reading

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Keeping Scotland’s drinking water pure

The Sustainable Land Management (SLM) team at Scottish Water is working in collaboration with landowners and developers to help protect drinking water sources throughout Scotland. Lauren Dixon, Scottish Water’s technical Support, explains how. Scottish Water takes water from the environment … Continue reading

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