's importance to the livestock sector, to food production, to High Nature Value areas and to rural population retention is widely appreciated.
couple Lynn and Sandra face the danger of a drought, while buffalo farmer Stevie's herd go for a cooling dip in the loch.
It had been said that the spread of bracken was the result of an absence of cattle on the hills and the decline in crofting
, he added.
"At a time when political noise drowns out practical need, those farming and crofting
Scotland's more disadvantaged land need certainty and support.
But these mostly crofting
communities are the low-lying fruit of land reform.
He said: "The idea that the UK Government want to steal back powers over things like crofting
at a time when it has handed over responsibility for most of income tax and a huge chunk of welfare is just ridiculous.
The only aspect of the rural services budget to increase is funding to the Crofting
Commission, which has risen by PS400,000 to PS2.9m.
A Scottish classic and a powerful elegy for the crofting
way of life.
Long-serving manager Sheila MacCormick is from a local crofting
family and is a mine of tourist information.
It will be recited during Burns Night celebrations in the writer's hometown of Aultgrishan, a tiny crofting
The west of Ireland and crofting
areas of the Hebrides are their closest stronghold but they also breed throughout eastern Europe into central Asia.