Scotland’s Environmental and Rural Services

Scotland’s Environment and Rural Services (SEARS) is a partnership between eight public bodies aiming to improve the experience among land managers by working together to provide an efficient and effective service.

Among the key service improvements since SEARS got underway in June 2008 are annual savings of approximately £133,000 to the sheep farming industry in annual groundwater licence charge waivers and around 5,000 less inspections for land managers.

The one door any door principle provides easy access to information and advice from SEARS partners.

We aim to provide a consistent and responsive service, so SEARS partners will operate a common and transparent customer care standard and SEARS staff will have knowledge and experience beyond their normal organisational boundary.

Regular updates on SEARS and the work of the SEARS partner can be found on our News page.

The SEARS partners are:

This portal aims to provide customers – new and old – with background on the partnership, relevant pieces of information and links to all the bodies involved.

Message from Stewart Stevenson

Stewart Stevenson MSPLooking back over the years since the launch of SEARS at the 2008 Royal Highland Show, it’s encouraging to see how far the partnership has come.

The eight SEARS organisations continue to work together to provide joined-up services to Scotland’s land managers, steadily reducing inspections and simplifying the forms and surveys that land managers need to complete.

Collaboration between SEARS partners has enabled producers to plan for potential disease outbreaks, and has led to the creation of a simple bio-security protocol for staff to help prevent the spread of plant and animal disease on rural land.

Within its partner organisations, SEARS has brought about important cultural change. It has broken down barriers and encouraged greater collaboration and skills sharing between partners. I am especially encouraged by what I am told of the tenacious efforts of SEARS colleagues, who work with land managers and stakeholders to explore new opportunities to improve services.

But we are not complacent, and we recognise that more can be done. The Scottish Government remains committed to listening to the needs of rural people and strengthening the SEARS partnership even more in the years ahead.

My predecessors, Michael Russell and Roseanna Cunningham, have delivered an impressive programme of improvements. I look forward to building on their legacy, working with the SEARS partners to make further improvements for Scotland’s land managers.

Stewart Stevenson

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link to Biosecurity Protocol video
Useful links
Rural Gateway
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Biosecurity Protocol