Finzean Estate goes for Golden Plover award

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Deeside’s Finzean Estate has been recognised for its moorland management following its nomination for a prestigious award.

The Heather Trust and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust have selected just three candidates from across Scotland to be in the running for the Golden Plover Award for moorland management.

The award was instated in 2013 as a joint initiative between the two charities to promote the best in sustainable moorland management. It focuses on peatland conservation, upland waders and rural employment, as well as grouse production and farming interests.

Finzean has been selected as land used for multiple benefits. The other two contenders are Loch Choire Estate and Gannochy. All nominated estates represent very different sides of the ‘Scottish estate’ story, from the wilds of Sutherland to the Angus Glens.

Game and wildlife management is undertaken on Finzean Estate to support a wide range of species, including the iconic capercaillie. Until the 1980s, the moor at Finzean produced bags of 600 brace of grouse a season, but then suffered a steep decline in fortunes. Since then, considerable effort has been put in to improve the upland habitat alongside other conservation initiatives, resulting in steady recovery.

The winner of 2014’s Golden Plover Award will be announced on Friday 7th July at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone.