Scotland's wildlife Procurators Fiscal and a leading Sheriff were treated to a rather wet introduction to grouse moor management last week, when they visited Langholme Estate in Dumfriesshire, kindly hosted by, Buccleuch Estates. Tom Dysart, Shona McJannett and Kate Fleming were accompanied by Sheriff Kevin Drummond.
The visit was arranged by Scottish Land & Estates working with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) following a meeting between our CEO, Doug McAdam and the fiscals last year when it was clear that the Prosecutors were keen to learn more about what sporting and wildlife management is all about.
While relationships between fiscals and other conservation bodies in the land management sector are already well developed, it was felt that a "hands on" educational visit to a grouse moor would also be of huge benefit. The group also looked at low ground shoot management issues.
Jackie McCreery and Tim Baynes attended on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates. Hugo Straker of GWCT demonstrated snaring and trapping techniques while Langholme's head keeper Simon Lester provided a fascinating insight into the challenges of day to day operations on a sporting estate."