A common grazings is an area of grazing land used by a number of crofters and others who hold shares in that land.
Common grazings shareholders elect a Common Grazings Committee to administer that Common Grazings with a Grazings Clerk elected to co-ordinate the functions of the Grazings Committee.
Please note: where a new committee has to be appointed at the end of a 3 year term, section 47(1) of the 1993 Act, will require public notification of a meeting, and section 55A defines public notification as newspaper advertisement. The Commission will no longer accept Notification Forms where the meeting has not been advertised in a newspaper circulating in the district of the common grazings. This is a change to the Commission policy that was previously implemented, please also refer to your regulations for further guidance on the requirements for the election of committees.
We have created a standard set of regulations to give clearer guidance for committees and shareholders about how their common grazings is regulated. Grazing Regulations are a set of rules detailing the management and use of a common grazing and provide details of each person who is entitled to use the common grazing and the number of stock they are allowed to graze:
Find out more about common grazing:
- Common Grazings leaflet
- Common Grazings factsheet
- Apportionment factsheet
- Creating a new common grazings factsheet
The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 requires the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland (RoS) to establish and maintain a public register of crofts, common grazings and land held runrig. The Common Grazings and Land Held Runrig Registration Project is being run in partnership with the Crofting Commission, Registers of Scotland and the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government has provided initial funding for the project and the aim is to register as many of the 1000 plus Common Grazings as possible. Find out more.