I've been the Highland Correspondent of The Herald since 1988, covering an area which stretches from Shetland to Kintyre, and Rockall to the Cairngorms, but has only 60% of Glasgow's population. So I have to be concerned with issues relating to transport and remoteness; land reform and conservation; Gaelic and tourism; renewable energy; the odd drop of whisky and the craic.
NFU Scotland told ministers that schemes to protect geese have succeeded but the birds are now threatening agricultural land at a time when compensation payments for damaged crops have been cut.
President Nigel Miller said in a letter to environment minister Stewart Stevenson: "Conservation of threatened species is a success story, with the populations of threatened species such as Barnacle recovering dramatically.
"But species such as Greylag geese had also flourished and were now permanently present in some areas and taking a significant toll.