Tuesday, 30 January 2018

OFFICE CLOSURE THIS AFTERNOON

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SGA office in Perth will be closed this afternoon (Jan 30). It is recommended that members trying to contact the office today should wait until tomorrow, if at all possible.
Members should be aware that calls directed to the office tomorrow (31st Jan) will be answered as normal.
We appreciate your patience and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, 26 January 2018

SUPPORT OUR MOUNTAIN HARE SURVEY 2018


Have you heard of our 2018 Mountain Hare survey with Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust?
Did you participate in the survey 10 years ago?
Whether you did or not, we want SGA members to get involved in this vital project which will help provide up to date data on hare management in Scotland.
For those on the ground every day, this is a relatively simple recording exercise.
Questionnaire forms will be arriving with members from next week.
Please click here to find out what the survey is all about and how you can help. https://www.gwct.org.uk/wildlife/research/mammals/mountain-hare/scottish-mountain-hare-survey-2017-18/
We will also feature the survey in the Spring edition of Scottish Gamekeeper, due out in February 2018.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

FOX HUNTING CONSULTATION CLOSES SOON


The SGA would like to remind all members and supporters that the Scottish Government consultation into fox hunting closes on 31st January.
The issue is set to be the subject of a private members Bill in due course and the SGA recommends that all those with an interest in seeing the ability to control foxes with the use of hounds retained as an important predator control tool should complete the consultation, which can be found here: https://consult.gov.scot/wildlife-management-and-protected-areas/improving-protection-for-wild-mammals/

AGM 2018

The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium: home to the 2018 SGA AGM.
The 2018 SGA AGM, for members only, will be held on Friday March 2nd 2018 at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Stadium Road, Inverness IV1 1FF. http://ictfc.com/info/club/the-stadium
The meeting is a key event in the organisation’s calendar and once again an interesting mix of speakers are being lined up, including Simon Lester- former Head Gamekeeper on the Langholm Moor Demonstration project*- to entertain and inform attendees on the day. 
SGA Chairman Alex Hogg will deliver the opening address.
All those hoping to attend the AGM should inform the office as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to cater for all in comfort. Lunch will also be served at the close of proceedings, as usual.
We will have further updates on the AGM as we progress towards March, so please keep checking the website and social media for further announcements.
Please put the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

*Langholm Moor Demonstration Project: http://www.langholmproject.com

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

GENERAL LICENCES 2018


All members should familiarise themselves with the General Licences for Birds for 2018, now on the new SNH website.
You can access the documents, here: https://www.nature.scot/general-licences-birds-valid-2018