Good turnout for tick talk

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ALMOST 80 gamekeepers, land managers and owners attended an event at the Panmure Arms, Edzell last month to be updated on the Angus Glens Tick Project.

The Project, which is run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is in its fifth year and aims to find practical answers to the problem of tick numbers in the Angus Glens.

The project, which is mainly funded by the Angus Glens estate owners, is unique in its collaborative approach to research and land management and is dedicated to improving the health of these upland areas for game, wildlife and humans.

Attendees were given presentations by the GWCT’s main project researcher Laura Taylor, senior upland scientist Dr Kathy Fletcher and director Scotland Dr Adam Smith. Also addressing the group was guest speaker Alan Cochrane, the Scottish editor of the Telegraph who gave an enlightening talk on how the problem of ticks impacted on life in the Angus Glens and further afield and the valuable contribution land managers and keepers made to the economy.

The speakers took a selection of interesting questions from the floor before Roddy D’Anyers Willis of Savills (the event sponsors) gave the vote of thanks.

“We are pleased to support this initiative and to be part of a joint approach to bring grouse moor and farming interests together to help overcome the often devastating effect that tick and tick related diseases can have on humans, as well as grouse and other wildlife.” said Mr D’Anyers Willis.