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An unusually large number of science-related publications were produced by the Holyrood and Westminster governments in March.  Here is a selection:

Biological Sciences/Environmental and Waste Management

Gamebirds: Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.

Covers rearing, transportation and release of gamebirds.

2010 Review of Goose Management Policy in Scotland.

Examines future strategies for goose management in Scotland.  (Geese can be considered an agricultural pest in some areas of Scotland, due to their grazing activity.)  Stakeholder responses and the Scottish Government’s response are also available online.

Statistical Publication Agriculture Series: Results from 2010 December Agricultural Survey.

Our Rural Future: The Scottish Government’s response to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.

Marine and Freshwater policy documents.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan aims to provide “a planning framework to manage competing demands for the use of the sea whilst protecting the marine environment”.

 CAMERAS: Focus on Freshwater Science.

“The Co-ordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science (CAMERAS) was established to ensure that Scotland’s marine, environment and rural science supports delivery of the Scottish Government’s single purpose, ‘to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth’.”

Consultation on Seal Haul-out Sites.

A haul-out site is a location on land where seals haul themselves out to rest.  The Natural Environment Research Council can designate haul-out sites, which are considered suitable to protect seals from harassment.

Offshore wind energy

Blue Seas – Green Energy.  A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters.  Part A The Plan

This plan contains proposals for offshore wind energy development in Scottish Territorial Waters up to 2020 and beyond.  It should be read in conjunction with Part B Post Adoption Statement.

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Health Sciences

The Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: The Glasgow Effect

Report investigating the “Glasgow Effect” – higher levels of mortality and poor health are found in Glasgow, which cannot be explained by socio-economic circumstances.

Health in Scotland 2009 Time for Change: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer

Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland 2009.  Covers life expectancy, health inequalities, problem drug use, pandemic flu, the anthrax outbreak amongst drug users and other health-care topics.

Higher Education

Capturing the Overall Economic Impacts of HEIs

University of Strathclyde investigation into the overall impact of Higher Education in Scotland.

Educating the next generation of scientists [link goes to PDF]

UK government report about the Department of Education’s efforts to get more school pupils taking maths and science to A-Level.

Environmental Sciences

Rural Funding: Opportunities Guide

Guide listing organisations for communities looking to access funding

A Low Carbon Economic Strategy for Scotland: Scotland – A Low Carbon Society

“The Low Carbon Economic Strategy (LCES) is an integral part of the Government’s Economic Strategy to secure sustainable economic growth, and a key component of the broader approach to meet Scotland’s climate change targets and secure the transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland.”

Carbon Assessment of the 2011-12 Draft Budget

As part of its aim of becoming a low carbon government, and to comply with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, the Scottish Government has published this report assessing the carbon impact of the 2011-12 draft budget.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments have recently published a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:  

Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences  

Pesticide Poisoning of Animals in 2009 – A Report of Investigations in Scotland  

Report about the work of The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme, which investigates “suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved”.  

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2010  

Wide variety of statistics about the environment in Scotland.  Includes energy generation by source (2000-2008), annual mean temperature (1910-2009), waste recycling (2000-2009), status of wild bird populations (1975-2009), etc.  An excellent resource for environmental research.  

Rural Scotland Key Facts 2010  

“Statstics on key policy topics such as People and Communities, Services and Lifestyle, Economy and Enterprise broken down by Remote Rural, Accessible Rural and Rest of Scotland.”  

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