Scottish Land & Estates’ members faced their own ‘Question Time’ at Carrbridge Hotel last night as a group of 50 students from the University of the Highlands and Islands gathered for their second Integrated Land Use Conference. The conference is also supported by RSPB and CNPA.
The students, all studying land based subjects including Gamekeeping, Forestry, Agriculture, Sustainable Mountain Development and Environment Science, spent the day on site at Dalnahaitnach Estate with experts on the various topics before returning to their base at Carrbridge. The theme of the conference is ‘working across boundaries’ and students are encouraged to make use of their varied backgrounds to collaborate on common goals.
Guest speakers for the event included Seafield Estates new CEO Will Anderson who was joined by Highland Committee Chairman Gordon Robertson and Regional Manager Drew McFarlane-Slack together with Chris Donald, Operations Manager at Scottish Natural Heritage at the top table.
Each gave a short presentation on their career paths before answering a number of questions on land reform, forestry, deer management, wild land and the roles and number of women involved in Scotland’s rural land.
The two day event finishes today (Friday) with student groups developing 6 integrated land use plans for presentation to the speakers with the best receiving prizes donated by Scottish Land & Estates.”