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Integrating Access Case Study - Bailliefurth Farm

This case study addresses access issues common to many livestock farms by use of simple but effective signs and creation of an alternative path avoiding the steading.

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Integrating Access Case Study - Meggernie and Lochs Estate

This case study shows how active encouragement of public access on preferred paths and sites without restricting general rights of access has been successful. There has also been an associated education campaign highlighting the importance of responsible access and appropriate behaviour to avoid conflict with wildlife, shooting, farming or conservation.


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Cattle and public access in Scotland - Advice for farmers, landowners and other livestock keepers

This sheet describes the major hazards to members of the public associated with keeping cattle, including bulls (uncastrated bovine animals of 10 months or over) and newly calved cows, where the public have access to land in Scotland. It suggests reasonably practicable ways of controlling those hazards for walkers. Land managers should also consider risks to other users of public access routes, such as horse riders and cyclists.

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Towards Responsible use: Influencing Recreational Behaviour in the Countryside

How do you encourage visitors to your site to behave differently? This is a question many site managers will have to ponder over when faced with unacceptable impacts by visitors, whether intentional or unintentional. This guide shows how to influence visitors' behaviour in the countryside and reduce their impact whilst encouraging a more responsible attitude. It shows both how to assess and tackle problems. 16 pages (Published 2004)

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Communication, not conflict: using communication to encourage considerate shared recreational use of the outdoors

This guide describes how communication techniques can be used to prevent or solve conflicts between groups of people using the outdoors for different recreational pursuits. It has been produced to assist people, such as rangers and land managers, to develop communication projects suited to their particular situation. The publication has been produced for Scottish Natural Heritage and sportscotland, based on the work of James Carter. 27 pages (Published 2004).

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Management for People

A publication for site managers operating in the countryside, this A4 ring binder contains helpful hints and illustrative case studies. This is a practical guide that will serve managers well with its systematic planning approach. This publication is available to download in pdf format but is also available to buy in a colourful ring binder format The loose-leaf format is intended to allow for future additions and revisions.

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Visitor Monitoring Manual

This Manual replaces the Visitor Monitoring Training Manual published by SNH in 1993. It is built on sound practical experience of undertaking monitoring programmes, good practice from around the UK and recent research on visitor monitoring.


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Using Inland Water Responsibly - Guidance for all water users

This Guidance, endorsed by many of the leading sports organisations, is intended to assist all water users to share inland water in Scotland in such a way that the interests of all are considered and respected.

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Advice on monitoring access and recreation at sensitive natural heritage sites

This document provides advice and practical guidance which aims to help site managers plan and implement the survey / monitoring of access and recreation at sensitive sites. The six-step methodology presented in the advice is designed to encourage a consistent approach to establishing a monitoring strategy, the results of which will help managers make informed decisions. Published 2007.

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Managing access with dogs in protected areas to safeguard breeding birds

This guidance has been developed for protected area managers and access officers, and is intended to help integrate access with dogs with safeguarding protected breeding birds. Its primary focus is on nature reserves and other designated sites, but similar management needs may arise in some sensitive areas in the wider countryside. Many of these approaches are also relevant to wintering birds. 11 pages. Published 2013.