Sunday, December 15, 2019
The skye times mobile

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has the joint highest number of separate community-owned-assets of all the Scottish Parliament constituencies, according to a new Scottish Government report.

As of December 2018, Kate Forbes MSP’s constituency has 79 community assets owned by 58 different groups covering almost 24,000 hectares (23,971.73) – and an increase of over 1,000 hectares over the past 18 months. Argyll and Bute also has 79 community-owned assets, with 50 groups but covering only 5,500 hectares.

The Western Isles with 142,132 hectares in community ownership, dwarfs the combined Highland region total of 60,042 hectares, as the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency has 63 community-owned assets by 40 groups, but covering a far greater area of land.

Worried about all those calories consumed in a couch-potato and turkey Christmas…why not burn them away in one go with a spot of New Year celebration coasteering.

Start the New Year by jumping, swimming and diving into the welcoming embrace of the ocean…meeting at 10am in Portree on Thursday January 2.

This is the sixth year that Skye Adventure have given people the chance to work off their Christmas and New Year food extravaganza in this way.

People convicted of wildlife crimes such as deer poaching, hare coursing, killing badgers or birds of prey should receive bigger fines and longer prison sentences than currently available says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses.

Following an evidence session with the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee yesterday (10 December 2019), SLE says that those who undertake illegal acts should face strong penalties proportionate to the crime and in line with those for similar crimes, with sanctions applied consistently and clearly to act as a real deterrent.

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