First and foremost, we would like to thank all the opinion formers from the agricultural community who were interviewed as part of the programme. Representatives from the James Hutton Institute; National Beef Association and National Sheep Association; National Farmers Union of Scotland; Quality Meat Scotland; Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; Scottish Agricultural College; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; Scottish Land and Estates; Scottish Natural Heritage; and Soil Association Scotland gave freely of their time and expertise, and provided important, up to date and Scottish-specific perspectives to complement and to challenge findings from the evidence review.
We are particularly grateful to the two peer reviewers of the report: Dr Andrew Barnes, Reader in Behavioural Change and Innovation at the Scottish Agricultural College, and Tony Pike, Sustainable and Competitive Farming Strategy, Defra. Their insights and helpful comments have helped to shape the final draft of the report.
Thanks are also due to the members of the internal Programme Management Group, who provided strategic direction, feedback and a range of other supports throughout the life of the programme.
Email: Angela Morgan