The latest in industry developments

Wildlife Estates Scotland have appointed a new project officer as the land management scheme aims to double its accredited acreage from 1.25 million to 2.5 million acres by 2023.

Caroline Pringle joins WES as an experienced environmental consultant after spending five years managing environmental impact assessments and due diligence projects for clients in the energy industry. 

Caroline commented: “Wildlife Estates Scotland is designed to illustrate and quantify the ongoing efforts of landowners, in terms of integrating the conservation of biodiversity in everyday land uses and to ensure compliance with best practice. 

Caroline Pringle

“I’ve been impressed so far by the commitment of existing and potential accredited members to ensure their land management can benefit wildlife and habitat and I’m hoping my knowledge and experience can be utilised as we seek to substantially grow WES over future years.”

Currently 57 farms and estates have achieved Level 2 accreditation, which is a rigorous process overseen by independent accreditors. SLE Vice Chairman, Dee Ward added: “We’re delighted to have Caroline on board as we seek to promote WES to a wider demographic. We should be proud of achieving more than 1.25million acres so far, but there is potential to go significantly further.

Scott Country International have welcomed Ashley Thompson as the first European Pro Staff Wicked Lights team member. 

Ashley is based in Northern Ireland and will be demonstrating the Wicked Light range across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to both dealers and end users as well as attending demo evenings and showing the product when required. 

Should you reside in NI or ROI, please contact Scott Country to find out more about Ashley’s upcoming demonstrations which will include a brand new Wicked Light visible light and infrared illuminators on the Sightmark Wraith. 

Martin Rennie has joined rural agency Galbraith as an agricultural consultant, working from the firms Perth and Cupar offices. He is urging farmers to look positively at the potential benefits of making an application for funding under the relaunched Agri-Environment Climate Scheme. 

Martin Rennie

Martin has several years experience as a rural consultant advising farming businesses throughout Scotland on diversification strategies and tactics for successful applications for grant funding including AECS. His role at Galbraith will will a continuation of these activities, reporting to the head of the rural division, Ian Hope. 

Ian remarked: “We are delighted to welcome Martin to the firm and look forward to working with him to continue to provide bespoke advice to farming businesses, large and small. We have expanded our rural division considerably in recent years and as a result of the increased demand for advice and the continued shift towards diversified business models.” 

The National Small-bore Rifle Association are seeking ‘legislation experts’ and will be selecting a small number of member to become part of the new NSRA Legislation Working Group. These will be volunteer positions and those selected will assist the association in its continuing fight against legislative changes that could damage the sport. 

If you have a good understanding of the current firearms legislation and would like to become a part of the NSRA Team, please send an outline of your knowledge and experience in this area and why you think you could help to

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