A new policy adviser on biodiversity and woodlands has been appointed by Scottish Land and Estates.

Nathan Bryceland has joined the rural business organisation to support the work of SLaE members across Scotland as they work to address the nature crisis.

Nathan joins SLaE with 20 years’ experience working in countryside management and education, with countryside ranger services, local government, and government agencies – including 10 years leading learning programmes with Historic Environment Scotland. He has also worked closely with Scottish rural estates and the tertiary education, tourism and agricultural sectors.

Nathan’s appointment also coincided with International Day for Biological Diversity, held on May 22.

In his new role, Nathan will work closely with SLE’s policy team based at Musselburgh as well as the regional network around the country.

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Director of policy, Stephen Young, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Nathan to Scottish Land & Estates and he adds a wealth of experience and knowledge to our policy team.

“Nathan will play an important role in aiding the significant contribution our members are already making to enhance biodiversity in Scotland. Farms and estates are biodiversity champions and schemes such as Wildlife Estates Scotland demonstrate the positive management that can influence animal and plant species, the condition of their habitats and the ecosystems that support them. Continually evolving our understanding of nature and biodiversity is important for those on the ground and Nathan will be an important link between our members and policymakers.”