Orkney crofters are being invited to share their views on crofting regulation in a survey being launched by island MSP Liam McArthur.
The survey covers a range of topics including crofting grants, crofting house grants and more general issues surrounding crofting regulations.
The survey, which has been distributed to crofters in Orkney who appear on a Crofting Commission list, will also be available to complete online and at Orkney’s agricultural shows over the summer.
“While crofting is less prevalent in Orkney than in other parts of the Highlands and Islands, it is still an important part of life in our islands,” said Mr McArthur.
“I am regularly contacted by constituents who have run into problems with the way in which the current rules apply and lack of financial support now available.”
He said given the “growing frustration” among Orkney crofters, he thought it would be helpful to get a more detailed understanding of what those affected by crofting legislation believe needs to happen in the sector in future.
“This survey will enable constituents to highlight their experiences, whether in terms of de-crofting, tenancy issues, transfer of ownership, or many other matters,” added Mr McArthur.
“On the basis of the responses I receive, Tavish Scott and I will look to hold a further roundtable discussion later in the year before agreeing on proposals to take to Scottish Ministers.”
He encouraged crofters to respond to the survey, which will be used to shape “more appropriate regulations” in the future.