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Community screening of Grazing on the Edge

Public event
3 March, 7:00pm
at Tarskavaig Village Hall, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV46 8SA
for members of the public
Grazing on the Edge poster (courtesy TRANSGRASS)

Common grazings cover 6% of Scotland, supporting High Nature Value habitats like upland grasslands, and a distinct culture of crofting and traditional hill grazing. But declining agricultural incomes and demographic change have meant a retreat from the hill ground and a disruption to the communal grazing system, threatening biodiversity protection and future crofting viability.

These issues are at the heart of Grazing on the Edge, a documentary created as an output of TRANSGRASS, a research project combining novel visual technologies with ecological research to identify shared solutions to managing upland grazings and grasslands. The film explores themes of land management and documents the current challenging times facing traditional crofting communities in Scotland. Look forward to bonus videos giving a sheedogs' and sheep's eye view of a gathering, shot using cameras mounted on the animals.

After a well-attended premiere in Portree on the Isle of Skye, Grazing on the Edge will be screened to crofting community audiences at Tarskavaig Village Hall in Sleat, Isle of Skye, on the 3rd of March at 7 pm. The event will also present a short film, The Last Crofters, by Intrepid Cinema. All welcome, entry and refreshments are free; thanks to Sleat Community Trust & Land Managers Advisory Group for leading the organisation of the event.

This screening is part of an initiative to promote the voices of crofting and scientific communities and which also aims to connect policy and practitioners through debate stimulating screenings. 

Further screenings of Grazing on the Edge will take place at: 

  • Crofting Cross-Party Group, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, 15th March, 5:30 pm. Open to the public.
  • Saughton House, Scottish Government, date TBC

The project is done in partnership between the James Hutton Institute, SRUC and Skye's crofting communities and is funded by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact: Responsive Opportunity Fund. The documentary is available to watch online on the TRANSGRASS project page.

For more information about TRANSGRASS, Grazing on the Edge and its screening schedule, email Katrina Brown or Petra Lackova.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.