A Donside Sporting Estate has been recognised as one of the two best estates in the country regarding Game and Conservation.
Allargue Estate in Strathdon, was the 2014 joint gold winner of the Purdey Award for Game and Conservation for achieving “outstanding results in improving game bird habitats and the biodiversity of their land.”
On Thursday, May 7 provided an opportunity for guests to see how sensitive tree remova, benefits a number of threatened species including black grouse, lapwing and curlew.
Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and sponsored by Snowmobile Scotland, the event providede insight into the workings of a modern, conservation-minded estate.
The estate’s long-term project is to restore 500 acres of mature conifers on ex-Forestry Commission land to heather.
Two-thirds of the areas restored have already demonstrated improvements to wildlife habitats.
Purdey judges noted how black grouse numbers have increased substantially since the project began.
Awards organiser Richard Purdey said: “we hope there may now be other shoot owners who will be inspired by Allargue’s success to enter the Awards themselves once their own projects are ripe for recognition.”
Adam Smith , director Scotland GWCT said: “Our members have a strong track record of success when entering the Purdey Awards having received help from our Advisory Service, based on the GWCT’s game and wildlife conservation research.”