Scotland?s environment minister Stewart Stevenson has welcomed an agreement that paves the way for more collaborative work between conservation organisations.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) signed the document at last week?s Scottish Game Fair. It promises that both organisations will promote integrated and balanced land management through farming, sporting, fisheries and forestry to benefit Scotland?s economy, wildlife and habitats.

Speaking at the Fair, Mr Stevenson said: ?The relationship between conservationists, landowners and gamekeepers is continuing to improve through collaborative efforts.

?A key aim is to address nature conservation issues in the wider countryside, as well as protected areas, by promoting suitable management activities. The SNH and GWCT have resolved to continue to urge good practice in animal welfare and compliance with wildlife legislation. Both parties are working together to promote this, alongside developing approaches to resolving conflicts in the countryside.?

The rest of this article appears in 13th July issue of Shooting Times.

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