The Minister for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson visited Invercauld Estate this week to learn more about the contribution the estate makes to the local economy and the plans for its continued investment in Aberdeenshire.
Banffshire and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson was given an insight into the multiple use management of the estate, and discussed both regional and national rural affairs issues with staff.
Discussions focused on raven predation, grouse shooting and deer stalking, the potential conflict between salmon and hydro schemes, agricultural holdings legislation, National Parks and other local and national rural topics.
Simon Blackett, Estate Factor, said:
"We're delighted that the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has taken up the offer to come to Invercauld Estate. We feel it is important for elected representatives to learn about the opportunities that estates can offer, and today Mr Stevenson has seen and heard firsthand how the estate is operating as successful multi-functional rural business which plays a vital role in the rural economy of our region. We also appreciated having the opportunity to discuss long term rural issues with him."