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Should Scottish landowners be forced to cull deer?

Business of Ferrets

Strange times: the crisis of nightlife culture in the midst of covid-19
Scotland's nightlife culture is in crisis. As leading industry figures warn that venues may close with a tsunami of jobs due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ferret journalist Karin Goodwin speaks to DJs, promoters and others working in the nightlife industry about the economic, human and cultural costs. What will survive? And what might re-emerge post pandemic? When might we be able to dance together again? Read more: Music thanks to:  Soma Records, Avoidant Records, Gaming (for Hobbes Music), R.A.F and James Krautabla Ting Tracks list:  Slam: 47.40.991 Gaming: Bruised Atonomous: Dialeckt R.A.F:  Exit Point Slam: Strange Dayz R.A.F and James Krutabla Ting Gaming: Sodium Orange
September 18, 2020
'This doesn’t happen here': young women highlight sexual violence in Shetland
When 16-year-old Rhea from Shetland put a call-out on an anonymous social media app asking young women to share their stories of sexual harassment,  she was taken aback to receive over 60 in a 24-hour period, detailing experiences from unwanted touching to horrific sexual violence like rape. Journalist Karin Goodwin finds out more. [Content warning: includes stories of sexual violence].
August 03, 2020
Scottish Land fund needs scrutiny, say campaigners
The Scottish Land Fund, set up to help community buyouts in the wake of the land reform movement, has become mainly a buildings fund and is heavily skewed towards a few local authority areas. Journalist Richard Baynes finds that substantial sums from the fund have helped communities buy assets already in public ownership – using Government cash to buy property the Government or community already owns.
July 10, 2020
Seabed wildlife under threat
How badly has Scotland’s seabed been damaged, and should it be protected? Our podcast reporter, Richard Baynes, went to sea to find out for himself. The accompanying story is here on The Ferret. Photo thanks to Chris Rickard.
July 06, 2020
Should Scottish landowners be forced to cull deer?
Journalist Richard Baynes explores the debate around deer culling in the Highlands of Scotland.  Read more at
January 10, 2020
Revealed: the rise in self-harm in Scottish prisons
First published in September 2017, this report by Cormac Hourigan looks at the rise at self-harming in Scottish prisons. 
July 29, 2019
Expert Jim Cuthbert explains why he has concerns about private finance in Scotland
 Jim Cuthbert, an Edinburgh-based economist who investigates private finance projects explain why they have concerns over the use of private finance to fund new schools, health centres and roads in Scotland. This audio was originally published as part of this 2016 story in The Ferret: 
July 29, 2019
Do you care if the fish we eat suffer?
Journalist Richard Baynes examines the science behind increased awareness of fish sentience and pain responses, the fears of campaigners about fish welfare, and the industry response to these concerns. This podcast was originally released as part of this August 2018 story on The Ferret:  
July 29, 2019