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Gannochy Estate finalist for Golden Plover award

General view of part of the Gannochy Estate in Angus, which is to be sold off in 42 lots  ... Pic Donald MacLeod 3.10.03

General view of part of the Gannochy Estate in Angus, which is to be sold off in 42 lots ... Pic Donald MacLeod 3.10.03

Gannochy Estate has been shortlisted for the Golden Plover Award for moorland management, alongside two other estates.

The award is presented annually by the Heather Trust and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Scotland) to promote the best in sustainable moorland management.

The other two estates up for the title are Loch Choire and Finzean.

Gannochy, described as “one of the great Angus estates”, has been revived by its current management team. A spokesperson for the award explained: “The estate is now famed for its success with Macnabs, featuring regularly in The Field magazine. Gannochy now sets an excellent example for other sporting estates, offering varied bags with an emphasis on quality over quantity in some of the loveliest surroundings in Scotland.”

Loch Choire estate is based in Sutherland, and offers walked up grouse shooting, stalking and salmon fishing. The spokesperson added: “The estate has embarked on a very substantial programme of native tree planting and regeneration.”

The final estate, Finzean, is based outside Banchory and supports a wide range of species, including the capercaillie. The spokesperson said: “Considerable effort has been put in to improve the upland habitat alongside other conservation initiatives.”

The winner of the Golden Plover Award will be announced on Friday, July 7 at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone.

 

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