Deeside’s Finzean Estate is celebrating for the second time in just two weeks after being awarded a Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation.
Finzean picked up the prestigious international accreditation at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone last weekend.
This new accolade comes just a week after Finzean was awarded the Golden Plover Award for moorland management.
It’s one of five estates across Scotland to have been recognised with the accreditation for their ongoing work with wildlife management.
The four other estates chosen at the Game Fair, which took place from July 4-6, were The Hopes Estate, East Lothian; Over Rankeilour, Fife; Balruddrie, Kinross-shire, and Threepwood, Selkirkshire.
David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “All farms and estates involved in WES are assessed to the most stringent independent standards.
‘‘These standards cover best practice on game and wildlife management plans, the maintenance of species and habitats records as well as integration of these aspects with other land management activities.”
WES demonstrates how land and state owners can deliver multiple benefits to rural Scotland aligning closely with the Scottish Government’s developing Land Use Strategy.
Last week saw Finzean pick up the Golden Plover prize, awarded jointly by The Heather Trust and the GWCT (Game and Wild Conservation Trust).