News 2021

December 2021

Celebrating Our Workers

Celebrating Our Workers: A Recap Of 2021

As we recap on 2021, it is fitting to see morning headlines showing a further £1m to save Scotland’s iconic red squirrels, topping up on the previous £2.45m.

Scottish Government COVID-19 Update

Scottish Government COVID-19 Update 21/12/21

Yesterday the First Minister delivered a statement to Parliament and outlined additional measures Cabinet considers necessary to help stem the increase in COVID-19 cases

Cairngorms Plan Belittles Land Managers

Cairngorms Plan Belittles Land Managers, Warns Gamekeepers

A new plan by the Cairngorms National Park could be self-defeating and will erode fragile goodwill of land managers whose collaborative efforts

New General Licences For 2022 Now Available

New General Licences For 2022 Now Available

All SGA members should make themselves aware of the 2022 General Licences, published today (17th December 2021) by NatureScot.

Cairngorms National Park 5 Year Plan

Full Response: Cairngorms National Park 5 Year Plan

Please find below, in full, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association's response to the Cairngorms National Park Authority's consultation on the draft Park Partnership Plan

Defra Webinars

Avian Influenza – “Stop The Spread” Defra Webinars

Due to the current avian influenza (‘Bird Flu’) outbreak, maintaining effective biosecurity has never been more critical.

Schoffel Country

Schöffel Country raise £12,000 for the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

Schöffel Country are delighted to announce that they have raised over £12,000 in support of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

Avian influenza

Avian influenza - case of disease confirmed in poultry near Annan, Dumfriesshire, Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Sheila Voas, has confirmed that birds on a small commercial premises of mixed poultry

Avian influenza - case of disease confirmed in poultry near Gretna

Avian influenza - case of disease confirmed in poultry

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Sheila Voas, has confirmed that a flock of free-range hens have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1.

November 2021

Bird flu and Gamebirds

Bird flu and Gamebirds: revised guidance issued

The UK Governments have joined with organisations involved in gamebird management...

New Case – Premises near Willington

New Case – Premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England

Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire.

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust Young Gamekeeper of the Year 2021 Award

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust Young Gamekeeper of the Year 2021 Award

The 2021 GWT Young Gamekeeper of the Year has been awarded to John Tipping.

Avian Influenza H5N1 near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England

New Case – Avian Influenza H5N1 near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England

Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England.

Changes to the Scottish Bird Gatherings General Licence

Changes to the Scottish Bird Gatherings General Licence

Please be aware that, taking effect Monday 8th November at 00:01 hours...

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)

Press Notice - Bird flu - Latest situation: Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain

SGA Fishing Group's Full Response To Fish Farm Regulation Review

SGA Fishing Group's Full Response To Fish Farm Regulation Review

The SGA Fishing Group has responded to Professor Griggs' review of aquaculture regulation in Scotland...

Gamekeepers Call For Clarity On Lead Shot Alternatives

Gamekeepers Call For Clarity On Lead Shot Alternatives

In October, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association responded to the UK Government's call for evidence on lead ammunition.

October 2021

Gamekeepers' Reaction To Basc Scotland Deer Cull Plan

Gamekeepers' Reaction To Basc Scotland Deer Cull Plan

We have been asked over the last few days by our members and media commentators...

September 2021

Highlander Named Scotland's Young Gamekeeper Of The Year 2021

Highlander Named Scotland's Young Gamekeeper Of The Year 2021

A Highland gamekeeper who developed enduring respect for the nation’s deer through his farmer father has been named Scotland’s...

Lead Shot Ammunition: Sga Stance And Responses Required

Lead Shot Ammunition: Sga Stance And Responses Required

The SGA is urging members and supporters to respond to the UK consultation on lead shot, issued by DEFRA’s new chemicals regulator, UK Reach.

Act Now: Seven Days Left For Awards Nominations

Act Now: Seven Days Left For Awards Nominations

Have you nominated someone yet for our 2021 awards?

SGA Could Quit Deer Best Practice Over September Cull

SGA Could Quit Deer Best Practice Over September Cull

Scotland’s professional deer managers are considering withdrawing from Wild Deer Best Practice, sickened by a controversial female cull in the nation’s forests.

August 2021

Ignoring Rural Workers In Climate Quest A 'national Mistake'

Ignoring Rural Workers In Climate Quest A 'National Mistake'

Scotland must harness the untapped skills existing within its game management sector if it is to achieve its NetZero ambitions.

July 2021

Change in the team at the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

Change in the team at the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) has announced Ruth Kerr has moved to the new role of Communications Manager with the charity.

Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust launch the Sir John Scott Bursary

Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust launch the Sir John Scott Bursary

This initiative will see £5,000 supporting new research to assist the charity’s work.

June 2021

SNP/GREEN Jobs Fears Raised In Cross-sector Letter To First Minister

SNP/GREEN Jobs Fears Raised In Cross-sector Letter To First Minister

A cross sector coalition representing nearly 100 000 Scottish workers has written to the First Minister...

Time To Nominate For The 2021 SGA Awards

Time To Nominate For The 2021 SGA Awards

Have you nominated candidates yet for the 2021 SGA Awards?

May 2021

Rural Protests Likely Over Green Coalition

Rural Protests Likely Over Green Coalition

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) says the prospect of Scottish Government entering into a formal coalition with the Greens will lead to protests among rural workers.

Rural Workers' Jobs Warning Over Govt Green Alliance

Rural Workers' Jobs Warning Over Govt Green Alliance

Commenting on the news today that Scottish Government is to enter into discussions with the Scottish Greens about a coalition at Holyrood,

#SP21 May Election: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Overview

#SP21 May Election: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Overview

#SP21 May Election: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Moray Overview

#SP21 May Election: Moray Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Aberdeen Donside Overview

#SP21 May Election: Aberdeen Donside Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Galloway and West Dumfries Overview

#SP21 May Election: Galloway and West Dumfries Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Overview

#SP21 May Election: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 MAY ELECTION: East Lothian PLUS Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Overview

SP21 MAY ELECTION: East Lothian PLUS Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

Dumfriesshire Overview

#SP21 May Election: Dumfriesshire Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane

#SP21 May Election: Clackmannanshire and Dunblane Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

April 2021

#SP21 MAY ELECTION: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Overview

#SP21 May Election: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 MAY ELECTION: Inverness and Nairn Overviews

#SP21 May Election: Inverness and Nairn Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

SP21 May Election

SP21 May Election: Angus North and Mearns Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 MAY ELECTION: Angus South Overview

#SP21 May Election: Angus South Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

#SP21 May Election: Perthshire North Overview

#SP21 May Election: Perthshire North Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

Open Letter To First Minister

Open Letter To First Minister: Rural jobs could go in deal with Greens.

Thousands of Workers' Jobs At Risk if Greens at Government's Table.

Rural Workers' Protest

Rural Workers' Protest, #RWP21: Support and The Next Steps

On behalf of the organisers of #RWP21 (ourselves and Scotland’s regional moorland groups) the SGA office.

SGA Pays Respects At Passing Of Duke Of Edinburgh

SGA Pays Respects At Passing Of Duke Of Edinburgh

A statement from the Scottish Gamekeepers Association on the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh today, aged 99.

MAY ELECTION: SNP/GREEN PACT: The Consequences for Rural Workers

MAY ELECTION: SNP/GREEN PACT: The Consequences for Rural Workers

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

MAY ELECTION: Aberdeenshire West Overview

MAY ELECTION: Aberdeenshire West Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

Perthshire South and Kinross-Shire Overview

MAY ELECTION: Perthshire South and Kinross-Shire Overview

SGA members have made us aware they would like to know more about the Election on May 6th and candidates they can vote for.

March 2021

Sga Complain To Electoral Commission

Sga Complain To Electoral Commission Over Misleading Green Flyer

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is to write to the Electoral Commission.

Deer Working Group report

Trouble Head: Deer Working Group Report

The Scottish Government have just published their reply to the Deer Working Group (DWG) Report

Deer Working Group Report

Sga Statement: Deer Working Group Report

This morning, Scottish Government issued its response to the Deer Working Group Report.

Mental Health Fears For Deer Managers

Mental Health Fears For Deer Managers

Steps will have to be taken to protect the mental health of Scotland’s deer managers if Scottish

#RWP21 - The 5 ASKS

#RWP21 - The 5 ASKS

On behalf of all those who are standing up, on river and land, for a new politics for rural workers in Scotland

Chris Packham

Chris Packham Sunday Times Story: Full Statement

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association was named today in a Sunday Times article (pictured) regarding Chris Packham.

#RWP21

Final Names Who Grew The Rural Workers' Protest, #RWP21

This is the final list of those who added their names and the #RWP21

Herald Newspaper

Fish Farming Statement: Herald Newspaper

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has today been one of the many signatories to an advert in the Herald newspaper regarding salmon farming in Scotland.

Mad As A March

Mad As A March Hare: What protection will REALLY mean for mountain hares

On the day the mountain hare begins life as a fully protected species in Scotland.

February 2021

Horrified Dog Walker

Horrified Dog Walker finds Butchered Deer on John Muir Trust Ground

A horrified dog walker spoke of her disgust after coming upon a number of deer lying butchered...

Rabbit

Could Lost Mountain Hares Return to Langholm Moor?

Gamekeepers plan to speak to the group behind the Langholm community buy-out to discuss a scheme to return the iconic mountain hare to its former moorland home.

January 2021

Viewpoint: Doing Conservation for The Sake of It

Doing Conservation for The Sake of It

A QUESTION: Who is doing conservation just now- just for the good of it?

Agm Announcement and Rural Workers' Protest Date

Agm Announcement and Rural Workers' Protest Date

We hope you are keeping well in these strange times.

Recent Update From Scottish Government As of 5th January 2021

Recent Update From Scottish Government

The main bodies involved with Scottish shooting and game management...

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