Common grazings are areas of land used by a number of crofters and others who hold a right to graze stock on that land. There are over 1000 common grazings covering over 500,000ha across Scotland.
Grazings committees are set up with certain management responsibilities regarding the common grazings. They are appointed into office by the crofters who share in the common grazings and have responsibility to make and submit grazings regulations to the Commission for approval. Each common grazings has its own grazings regulations which are administered by the grazings committee.
Farm Advisory Service
Our friends at the Farm Advisory Service also have some very helpful infomation on common grazings including, grants & finance, sheep stock clubs, environmental management and common graziung dilemas. To find out more visit their website via this link: Farm Advisory Service - Common Grazings
You may also want to check our factsheet on Deemed Crofts which explains the changes to grazings shares when a croft is purchased but the grazings shares remain held in tenancy.