Adam Gillingham, a Partner in Turcan Connell's Land & Property team, says that land owning clients should be aware that a large number of the provisions of the Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 came into force on 29th June.

"Whilst the provision contained in the Act relating to vicarious liability in respect of raptor persecution need is not yet in force, the implications of this do need to be actively considered by all those having an interest in land ownership or management.

"Owners who are not directly involved in the management of their land, such as many trustees, need to be particularly aware of the issues raised under this part of the Act."

The Scottish Government plans to produce guidance on what taking reasonable steps in exercising due diligence will entail. It is intended that a more detailed Briefing Note on the implications of this part of the Act will be issued shortly, so please check back to this site.

Further detail on the Act is provided in our Briefing Note, which can be found at the bottom of the page. In addition, the Scottish Natural Heritage draft Code of Practice on deer management consultation period ended on 30th June and we are closely monitoring progress on this.