Capercaillie SOA/RSPB Agreement

2015 Agreement

A new Agreement between the Scottish Orienteering Association and the Capercaillie Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group on the use of forests for orienteering competitions and training where capercaillie are present is now available.

16th Mar 15 Read more…

FCS-SOA Concordat

Clubs are reminded that as part of the current permissions process with the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) they must submit a copy of an Ordnance Survey map showing the extent of the area to be used plus any other relevant information. A new agreement should be in place soon, but clubs are reminded that they must get applications in as soon as possible.

29th Jan 14 Read more… 2 comments

Orienteering on Forestry Commission Scotland Land

Access to Forestry Commission Scotland land:  an update.  Notes of meeting with FCS in Edinburgh on 16 August 2012, also attended by representatives of sportScotland and the Scottish Sports Association Outdoor Pursuits Group.

21st Sep 12 Read more…

Scottish Land and Estates

Scottish Land and Estates - Access Advice

A new publication entitled “Outdoor events in Scotland:  guidance for organisers and land managers” is now available.  It gives valuable information relating to access and should be read by all organisers of orienteering events in Scotland.

26th Jan 12 Read more…

Access Links

A list of useful links to access related issues (reviewed January 2012).

26th Jan 12 Read more…

Environmental Impact Studies

Environmental impact assessments are occasionally carried out on particularly sensitive areas that have been used for orienteering.  This page contains links to them.

25th Jan 12 Read more…

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Woodland Trust Scotland

SOA and the Woodland Trust have agreed to promote each others’ activities because of our common interest in using, enjoying and protecting Scottish woodlands.  The Woodland Trust cares for and manages 80 woods in Scotland covering 8,500 hectares, stretching from Stranraer in the South up to Sutherland in the North, many of which we have been used for an event and/or have a permanent orienteering course.
Visit Woods

30th Nov 11 Read more…

Access News May 2011

The National Access Forum’s guidance on outdoor events is now available on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

10th May 11 Read more…

Advice on Writing to Land Owners re Access for Orienteering Events

Requests for permission for access for an orienteering event should be made as early as possible. Try and give at least 6 months prior to the proposed date of the event, especially if this is the first time the area is being used for orienteering.  (Reviewed January 2012)

24th Jul 06 Read more…

Advice on Lambing and Orienteering

Sheep farming is a vital component of the Scottish farming industry, with the lambing period being critical to sheep farmers. The following advice gives the general picture across Scotland.  (reviewed January 2012)

24th Jul 06 Read more…

Older items

Publications Available from the Access Officer… 24th May 06

Advice on Red Deer Stalking and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Advice on pheasant/partridge rearing/shooting and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Advice on Moorland (Red Grouse) and Orienteering… 24th May 06

Orienteering – A Guide for Land Managers… 20th May 06

SOA / SNH Agreement… 01st May 06

Main Sporting Seasons… 24th Mar 06

Access to the Countryside in Scotland… 24th Jan 06

Major event Rescue Plan… 24th Jan 06


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