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iainhepburn

By Iain Hepburn, head gamekeeper at Dunmaglass Estate and member of the Loch Ness Rural Communities Muirburn largely takes place in the spring and often raises questions over why parts of Scotland’s moorland landscape are ablaze. I know only too well the importance of health and safety during the Muirburn season being a part-time fireman, …

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mountainhare

Following recent publicity and commentary on mountain hare culling, Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, wrote this article for today’s Sunday Herald. Culling is a word that conjures up all sorts of images and, for most people, none of them very attractive. The mere mention of a seal, badger or even deer …

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mountainhare

By Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group Understandable public concern has been expressed about the practice of culling mountain hares and this is perfectly reasonable given the recent coverage in print and social media. So moorland managers are keen to explain more about their work to sustainably manage populations of mountain hares in …

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gamekeepers

On February 15, 2016, a letter was sent by Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee regarding the level of wages being paid by sporting estates. The letter contains incorrect data and was published without any enquiries being made with the sector to ascertain more accurate …

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Tim Baynes

Following a column in The Courier newspaper by Jim Crumley on January 19, the newspaper’s letters page has received much correspondence on how grouse moorland can work to ensure the best future for upland birds. In today’s edition (Friday 29 January), Tim Baynes, Director of The Gift of Grouse initiative, responds to Jim Crumley’s opinion column. Tim’s …

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