FIVE Scottish farms and estates – accounting for nearly 75,000 acres – have been awarded accreditation to “recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation”.
The award of Wildlife Estates Scotland (here) accreditation was issued by the landowners’ body, Scottish Land & Estates, at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair (here) – with three properties receiving accreditation for the first time and another two obtaining re-accreditation, a process that takes place every five years.
The new accreditations were awarded to:
* Forneth Estate, Perthshire;
* Bunloit Estate, on the west shores of Loch Ness in Inverness-shire; and
* Beldorney Estate, Aberdeenshire.
The two re-accreditations were presented to:
* Mar Estate, Upper Deeside; and
* Roxburghe Estates, Scottish Borders.
Awards were presented by Francesca Osowska, chief executive of Scottish Government agency, NatureScot, and Jim Fairlie MSP, MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.
Says a media announcement, here, issued on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates: “WES is a national version of the Wildlife Estates initiative (here) and is endorsed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Environment, whose objective is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations.”
Picture credit: Perthshire Picture Agency
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