SCOTLAND’S landowners are supporting the Scottish Natural Heritage ‘Big 5’ with a campaign of their own to highlight some of the beautiful species to be found on Scotland’s rural estates.
Forming part of the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, the Magnificent 7 – seven natural beauties of rural Scotland – is a new initiative led by Scottish Land & Estates inviting visitors to view flora and fauna visible in spectacular abundance on country estates from Ayrshire to Aberdeen. The first beauty to feature as part of the Magnificent 7 is the daffodil, and following close behind will be rhododendrons, bluebells, strawberries, heather, flying fish (salmon) and the ‘famous reds’ – squirrels and stags.
Paul Wakefield of Scottish Land & Estates explained:
“SNH launched the ‘Big 5’ vote on Tuesday, inviting the public to vote for their favourite Scottish species. As well as supporting this excellent initiative, our Magnificent 7 will encourage people to get out and experience some of the other natural beauties Scotland’s rural estates have to offer in abundance. Of course we are hopeful the snow hitting most of Scotland clears pretty soon to allow the Magnificent 7 to look their best!
“Visitors will be invited to take advantage of special 2-for-1 offers, giveaways and competitions at estates near them over the Spring and summer months. We are starting off with daffodils which are perfect for spring and will form stunning yellow carpets across many of Scotland’s rural estates very soon.
“As well as local media we will be rolling the campaign out across Facebook and Twitter. Those interested in the Magnificent 7 can keep up with what’s happening at Scottish Land & Estates on Twitter (@ScotLandEstates #magnificent7). They can also visit our website to find out more or ‘like’ our Facebook page”.
Estates across Scotland will be taking part including Mount Stuart Estate on Bute, Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, Craufurdland Estate in Ayrshire and Bowhill House in the Scottish Borders amongst a host of others.