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Covid-19/Coronavirus – Advice to land managers

April 21, 2021

The National Park Authority is working hard to ensure support and guidance for land owners and land managers operating in the National Park is coordinated effectively during the Covid-19 pandemic. On this page you can find relevant information from partner organisations.

Information and support relevant to National Park residents can also be found on our Advice to Communities page. Please check our Covid-19/Coronavirus digital advice hub for up-to-date support and advice on:

  • Planning and Access Services
  • Advice for Visitors (including information on the status of key visitor sites and facilities)
  • Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway
  • National Park Authority Board & Committee Meetings
  • Information for Businesses
  • Camping in the National Park

Access rights

The Scottish Government has published this statement on what exercising rights of access responsibly under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 means during the COVID-19 emergency. More information for land owners and managers can be found in the Outdoor Access Code Guidance for Land Managers from NatureScot.

Remaining vigilant to flytipping

We are continuing to supporting Zero Waste Scotland’s calls for everyone to remain vigilant to litter and flytipping and would encourage you to report any sightings as soon as possible via Dumb Dumpers. We’ll continue to work with Zero Waste Scotland and other partners as part of our Litter and Waste Prevention programme to ensure that flytipping in the National Park is minimised, with any incidents dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner.

Forestry

During the current COVID pandemic, Scottish Forestry is prioritising its resources to best support the sector and as a result will be implementing some temporary measures.  

The focus will be on dealing with existing grant applications, paying claims  and taking forward felling permissions, which are important in order to maintain a supply of timber to the industry. Read the Scottish Forestry briefing note.

Scottish Government has produced guidance for certain sectors of the economy such as forestry, construction and telephone engineers, who rely on shared, self-catering accommodation for work.

Fieldwork/ecological surveys

National Park Authority staff are now carrying out site visits and field work where we deem them essential. However we will carry these out with permissions from land managers and all safe systems of working in place.

Further guidance for ecologists and fieldworkers is available from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM):

 

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