This Monday, Hughie Campbell Adamson at WES-accredited Stracathro Estate, hosted a visit from Minister for Environment, Dr Aileen McLeod, and Hugh Dignon, Head of Landscapes and Habitat Division within the Scottish Government. The meeting and tour provided an opportunity to look at a variety of topical land management issues. Hughie and Farms Manager, Gordon Cairns, explained the Estate's aims and objectives with regard to conservation, community and the environment. Alister Jack, Chairman of Wildlife Estates Scotland, stressed the aim of increasing the number of properties under WES accreditation, emphasising the benefit of working in partnership to achieve common aims around public benefits and the Government's Land Use Strategy. Around the Estate, we looked at precision farming and its benefit to wildlife, how economies of scale are so important to arable farming operations, farming in harmony with nature, the development of community heating for rented properties and good landlord / tenant relations. A wide ranging discussion was enjoyed by all participants, finishing up looking at fishery management on the River South Esk.