Wildlife accreditation for five Scots farms and estates

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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