Latest News 2022

SGA Office festive opening hours

Information on the Christmas holidays

RSPB stoking conflict with a working countryside

Chairman's magazine column bemoans the charity's relentless politics against game shooting

Petition to formally recognise local knowledge is continued

Petitions Committee seek more answers as petition remains active at Holyrood

Carbon Credits- Greenwashing or worse?

Guest Article by Victor Clements, reproduced from Scottish Gamekeeper magazine.

2023 General Licences published

A wider review of species licensing timetabled for 2023

Firearms and Mental Health

Awareness and Support leaflet - view here

SGA Fishing Group welcomes rejection of mandatory catch and release

Scottish Government needs to act on bigger pressures

Glen Coe night culls could clear last hill people

Fears for members' jobs as NTS cull weak Stags out of season in Glen Coe

Gamekeepers critical of National Parks process

Process dominated by Government agencies and environment NGOs, says rural body

Office Update: Insurance Boost for SGA members

Two changes mean SGA members will get more for their insurance.

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust launch Nurse Advice Clinic

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust launch Nurse Advice Clinic

Remembering Scottish Gamekeepers of War

With Remembrance Day approaching we look at the stories and sacrifices of gamekeepers at war.

Grouse Moor Licensing in Scotland- respond now

Scotland's gamekeepers opposed licensing and are out to protect the rights of gamekeepers.

Scottish Gamekeepers Oppose Lead Shot Ban

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association publishes its response to the REACH consultation, in full.

UK-wide Avian Flu Prevention Zone Declared

The SGA updates members on the latest with Avian Flu in the UK.

Capercaillie fate now in conservationists hands

Last week we heard the news many knew already. The Capercaillie is on the precipice.

Pheasant shoots save Scotland's vanishing hedges

Planting of hedges by gamekeepers has lessened the impact of hedgerow loss.

Autumn Magazine clarification

Scottish Gamekeeper editor clarifies error in Hunting with Dogs Bill article.

Statutory Catch and Release rejected

The SGA Fishing Group has responded to Marine Scotland on mandatory catch and release proposals.

SGA petitions to have local knowledge formally recognised

The petition, open for signatures, hopes to address marginalisation felt by rural workers.

Proposals for 100% statutory Catch and Release

Scottish Government could move to statutory catch and release, regardless of river gradings. Have your say now.

Morning Headlines: Deer will be 'left to starve'

How the media reported the out-of-season deer cull in Scotland's public forests

Out of season deer culls caused by Forestry failings

Expert laments September culls which will leave orphaned young in public forests.

We Need Your Help - Take part in the Value

The SGA is urging members and supporters to take part in a survey which is vital...

RSPB claim 'neutrality' on Game Shooting

SGA Media reviews the news landscape on the 12th August

Scotland to lose 8 Category One Rivers

New Marine Scotland river gradings are worrying for Atlantic Salmon and the jobs which rely on game angling.

Grouse season can dampen cost of living woes

"We need all sectors of the economy to be firing to get some stability back." SGA Chairman Alex Hogg on the season ahead.

Moy Country Fair, in pictures

A pictorial recap on the 2022 Moy Country Fair plus 'No regrets', a film of Long Service Medal winner Ronnie Kippen reflecting on 52 years as a gamekeeper.

Lanarkshire youngster is Scotland's Young Gamekeeper of the Year

Cole Stewart from the village of Braidwood has been crowned Scotland's Young Gamekeeper of the Year by the SGA.

Scotland's Young Gamekeeper 2022

The nation's young Gamekeeper of the Year award will be presented by the Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

Statement: Forfar Sheriff Court

Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg, MBE, comments on the case of a former gamekeeper jailed for dog fighting.

Rural Workers Helping Provide Access

Walking and the Countryside are known to help our bodies and our minds, and there are increasing opportunities.

A fortnight in the life of the SGA- in film

Things don't stand still at the SGA. Here is a recap of the past two weeks- in video.

Strathbraan grouse moor assists Eagle recovery bid

A grouse estate in Strathbraan, Perthshire, has donated a healthy 6.5 week old male eaglet to an award winning eagle conservation project in south Scotland.

Scotland's uplands are not a 'game' warns author Ian Coghill

The 'Moorland Matters' author speaks out as he and Chris Macrae collect SGA awards at GWCT Scottish Game Fair.

Lord Benyon writes to the SGA about Bird Flu impacts

Lord Benyon has updated SGA Chairman Alex Hogg on the efforts made by DEFRA with French officials in the wake of the Bird Flu outbreaks.

Minister on Hunting with Dogs- read and WATCH here

Minister Mairi McAllan gives her views on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Awards timings for Scottish Game Fair announced PLUS

The 2022 SGA Awards programme details have been announced, with further news on how members can reserve access to special talks at GWCT Scottish Game Fair.

'Insensitive' Police statement led to Gamekeeper hate posts.

SGA supports its members and their families after they were targeted following a Tayside Police statement.

10 Days To Go- See you at Scone Game Fair

The SGA looks forward to welcoming visitors to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, with the 2022 SGA awards a focal point of the programme.

Chairman's blog: There are good things happening in Strathbraan

Strathbraan has been in the news. SGA Chairman Alex Hogg sees positivity despite the headlines.

SGA Awards 2022 - Nominate Now

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is welcoming nominations for the 2022 Awards programme.

Ministerial announcement due on Bird Flu Shooting impacts

DEFRA have told the SGA to expect an announcement imminently.

Bird flu and the impact on the Shooting Season

How imports of French stock will be affected.

Hunting with Dogs Bill: Member Guidance

This articles provides guidance to SGA members on answering the call to evidence from the RAINE Committee.

SSGA Seeks Answers for Cairngorms Members

SGA Chairman Alex Hogg, MBE, has written to Cairngorms National Park Convener, Xander McDade, seeking answers for members fearing for their jobs.

Gamekeepers Back Cairngorms Protest

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is to back its members in the Cairngorms National Park who are protesting against the Park Partnership Plan.

Why we support the Cairngorms Partnership Plan Protest

The SGA will support its members in the Cairngorms National Park, urging the Park's Board to support rural workers.

Members urged to respond to Fox Bill consultation

On Friday 1st April, the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee called for views on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill, as drafted.

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 4 April 2022

New Cases England, Case Updates England, Scotland, and Outbreak Case Summary

Defra Avian Influenza “Stop the Spread” webinars

Following the successful series of Defra Avian Influenza “Stop the Spread” webinars

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 1 March 2022

New Cases England, Case Updates England, and Outbreak Case Summary

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 28 February 2022

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 28 February 2022 - New Cases England, Case Updates England, and Outbreak Case Summary.

Capercaillie Research Vindicates Scottish Gamekeepers

New science, published February 2022, shows that gamekeepers were right in diagnosing the problems, and identifying the solutions, to save Scotland's iconic Capercaillie.

Hunting With Dogs Bill: Licensing 'must be workable'

Professional land managers must have access to a workable licence to use foot packs of trained scenting dogs to manage foxes, say The Scottish Gamekeepers Association.

Sponsor Announced for 25th Anniversary AGM

The SGA is delighted to announce that Spratt's Game Foods will partner the organisation at their anniversary AGM in Perth.

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 9 February 2022

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 9 February 2022 - New Cases England, Case Updates England, and Outbreak Case Summary.

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 5 February 2022

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 5 February 2022 - New Cases England, Case Updates England, and Outbreak Case Summary.

Office Closure, 4th Feb

Alerting members of an unforeseen office closure.

SGA 25TH ANNIVERSARY AGM: BOOK NOW

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association has announced details of its 25th Anniversary AGM.

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 31 January 2022

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 31 January 2022 - New Cases England, Case Updates England, and Outbreak Case Summary.

Moorland Forum Public Online Debate - 9 February 2022

Moorland Forum are inviting the public to take part in their online debate on Rewilding.

Scottish Gamekeepers' Chairman Receives MBE In Edinburgh Ceremony

Scottish Gamekeepers Association Chairman Alex Hogg received his MBE for Services to Gamekeeping in Scotland this afternoon (Jan 19) at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

Avian Influenza Outbreak - Specific Advice to all involved

As you will be aware, due to an increased risk of incursion of avian influenza (bird flu) for wild birds, gamebirds, poultry and other captive birds within the UK.

Avian influenza – Infected Premises near Moffat, Annan and Gretna

Outbreak Overview, Compliance with the AIPZ Housing Measures, GB Poultry Register

Avian influenza – Infected near Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was previously confirmed at two premises near Gretna by Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

Avian influenza – Infected near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway

Outbreak Overview, Compliance with AIPZ Housing Measures, GB Poultry Register.

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