Representatives from Scottish Land & Estates, including the Scottish Moorland Group and Wildlife Estates Scotland were out in full force at the RSPB’s Big Nature Festival at Levenhall Links near Musselburgh last weekend. With the Curlew named as this year’s ‘Bird of Focus’ at the event, it gave us a chance to showcase what members are doing to support the species, and in particular how managed moorland can provide the Curlew with a bastion against habitat loss and predation. Case studies were made available demonstrating individual initiatives such as that from Midlocharwoods, near Dumfries, and at national scale, a WES case study indicated the broadly stable footing of Curlew on accredited properties.
We had some lively debates with members of the public and the conservation community at the Festival about the positive work going on across the Scottish Land & Estates membership. The exchange of views was very useful in getting to the heart of some perceptions about private management, and we were able to address a lot of those concerns whilst taking on board thoughts for further development.