Have your say: a consultation on the future of Land Reform in Scotland

Scottish Government consultation into land reform.

The Scottish Government has launched a new consultation into land reform, seeking views on a draft Scottish Government Land Rights and Responsibilities Policy and proposals for a Land Reform Bill.

Among the proposals are draft measures for stronger deer regulation. We have warmly welcomed Proposal 10 in the consultation which recognises that Scotland’s biodiversity needs urgent protection from damage caused by high deer numbers. Among a package of measures to reform land ownership and use, the paper calls for Scottish Natural Heritage to be given new powers to “require that landowners have in place detailed sustainable deer management plans that protect the public interest and that the plans are fully carried out”. Read more

In addition to deer, the consultation covers a broader range of land reform issues. Read the Scottish Government's proposals - the consultation document itself is the last link at the bottom of the page.

Responses to this consultation need to be sent to the Scottish Government by 10 February 2015. Respond to the consultation online - consultation now closed.

In particular, we would encourage you to strongly support the measures proposed for stronger deer regulation. The online survey has a specific section on this and you can jump to that once you have input some basic information at the top of the form. Read what we have said about the deer proposals here

Update February 2015: Read our response here