Working with local schools (AGMG)

The Angus Glens Moorland Group is a collection of sporting estates Angus founded in 2015. They demonstrate the work these estates and their staff undertake undertake for our countryside, highlighting the positive impact on our local communities and businesses.

The group arranges educational estate visits for their local schools in the community. They also engage with the schools and get involved in their lessons. They work with local schools to arrange estate tours for the teachers as well as the students, to help bridge the gap to pathways to rural work for the developing young work force.

The high schools finish on a half day on Fridays, so the Angus Glens Moorland Group created a unique 5-week course to engage the students with their local sporting estates and learn about the countryside, giving them an insight into the mechanics and day to day running of life on an estate.

Gamekeepers and coordinators from the Angus Glens Moorland Group collected a minibus full of 12 children every Friday for 5 weeks and visited a different estate each week, covering 5 different topics. The students experienced first-hand practical demonstrations of the daily workings and life on an estate.

In Week 1 they learned about the workings of a larder, skinning and butchering a roe deer. They even got to take the game home. They learned about legal predator control and about working dogs and their uses. Week 2 covered biodiversity, where the students enjoyed a guided estate tour, learning how to spot and record various species through sight and sound.

In Week 3 the students got a chance to try out fishing, giving them a feel for a country sport and a good understanding of how to set a fishing rod up and have a go at casting.

During Week 4, the students learned about vehicles, maintenance and tick awareness. This gave an insight into a local working estate, the vehicles used to carry out the work they do on the hill and the maintenance that’s performed around the clock to keep an estate running. Week 5 of the course covered deer management, working hill ponies and game tasting. This was to give them a fun experience that allows them to see red deer in their natural environment up close and to learn more about the health benefits of game and a product that’s on their door step.

The Angus Glens Moorland Group hosted a special estate visit for 19 teachers to learn more about estates and careers in the rural sector alongside countryside learning Scotland. The group has provided game to the home economics department and had our gamekeepers go into the lessons to help cook the game, alongside a guest chef, and explain the hill to plate process to the students.