A new award which recognises progressive, innovative and environmentally sensitive moorland management is being presented to Edinglassie Estate at the Scottish Game Fair on Saturday, July 6.
The Golden Plover Award for Moorland Management is an initiative by Fair organisers, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and The Heather Trust and identifies land managers who maximise the condition of an area of moorland for agricultural, sporting, conservation and other purposes.
The inaugural presentation is being made to Edinglassie on Donside for its consistent performance in all these areas and continuing awareness of best practice and innovation.
Simon Thorp, Director of The Heather Trust outlined the criteria of the award:
“The aim is for a winner that is an example for others to follow. In making our choice, consideration was given to sporting and farming interests, the key traditional land uses, but critically included management for a range of other purposes, such as conservation and improvement of ecosystem services. A wide range of entrants were considered but Edinglassie rose to the top.”
Adam Smith, Director Scotland, GWCT said:
“The concept of this award is to bring to the fore all the superb work being done to effectively and economically manage our heather moorland so it is a healthy and sustainable environment. Edinglassie is an ideal recipient and has long been regarded as a consistent and high achiever in moorland management. We hope this award will instil a healthy competition amongst Scotland’s moor owners.”
The annual award is open to land owners, estates, land managers, farmers, gamekeepers, sporting tenants, syndicates and any other individual or group with an interest in high quality moorland management and aims to encourage and promote good practice.