We held four successful workshops on the Uists, Barra and Lewis for crofters and independent agents in the Scottish Rural Development Programme for Biodiversity application process. Continued funding is essential in order to support traditional crofting management.
The workshops were well attended by fifty crofters, agents and advisers. Attendees were given a full-day’s training which included an overview of the application process itself, guidance on how to maximise the quality of applications to meet biodiversity objectives alongside one to one instruction on the on-line application process. The aim of this training was to increase the capacity among the crofting community to put forward applications for funding in time for the 2011 application window.