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Signs Guidance for Farmers and other Land Managers

Signs Guidance for Farmers and other Land Managers

This guide provides advice to land managers (farmers, crofters, estate factors, etc) on when, where and how to use appropriate and effective signage in accordance with the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The focus is on situations where it's reasonable for land managers to want to put up advisory signs of their own. 27 pages (2006)

Equestrian Access in Scotland: Horse riding, carriage driving and managing land responsibly

A collaborative document by the British Horse Society Scotland, Scottish Rural Property & Business Association and Scottish Natural Heritage looking at equestrian access and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. 11 pages.

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Detailed guidance about equestrian access on different types of land use

A collaboration between Scottish Land and Estates, the British Horse Society Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, this guidance discusses horses on different types of land including fields of cereal crops and stubble fields, fields of fruit and vegetables and conservation areas. 4 pages.

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Public Access and Land Management

This publication summarises land managers' obligations in relation to public access and promotes a planned approach to help address any issues that arise. 56 pages.

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Integrating Access Case Study - Eaglescairnie Mains Farm

A case study at Eaglescairnie Mains Farm where successful development of paths around the farm, now managed under Land Management Contract, links to the village, other woodland and paths.


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Integrating Access Case Study - Meigle Farm

This case study shows how problems with dogs have been overcome. At the same time, public access opportunities on the farm have been increased and improved through creation of an alternative path avoiding the hay field and creation of longer distance waymarked circular routes.

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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)