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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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A Brief Guide to Occupiers' Legal Liabilities in Scotland - in relation to Public Outdoor Access

This booklet aims to provide a brief introductory outline on occupiers' liability in law in Scotland, in relation to public outdoor access. It is based upon studies carried out for Scottish Natural Heritage by the University of Aberdeen School of Legal Studies. The first of these studies was in 1996, and a recent second study considered further legal judgements in relevant cases up to 2004. 16 pages (Published 2005).

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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.


Enjoy Scotland's Outdoors (A4 version)

This leaflet gives a short general summary of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Using Inland Water Responsibly - Guidance for all water users - Front cover image

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.