Common Grazings

Common grazings are areas of land used by a number of crofters and others who hold a right to graze stock on that land.  There are over 1000 common grazings covering over 500,000ha across Scotland.

Grazing committees are set up to manage the common grazings.  They are elected by the crofters who use the land and to be regulated (protected by law) the committee must be recorded with the Crofting Commission. This page will guide you through the big issues facing Common Grazings.  If you need more advice then call our helpline on 0300 323 0161 or see our advice and grants page.

The FAS Common Grazings groups are established in Uist, Lewis & Harris and Skye.  In 2017 the groups were established and had meetings with local facilitators, SAOS and the Crofting Commission.  The first meetings concentrated on local issues and led to a suite of information notes and videos being produced.  For 2018-19, the desire is to help these groups and all Common Grazings improve management, access grants including AECS, improve biodiversity, including management of moorland and peatland. For example, an engaging and practical meeting will be held on safe Muirburn, and videos (made under Climate Change theme) will be promoted to all Common Grazings and Sheep Stock Clubs. Guidance notes will be available on co-operative sharing of bulls.

An additional Common Grazings discussion group will be set up in Argyll on the mainland.  Where possible and relevant agroforestry concepts will be introduced to these groups.

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