Dalhousie Estate has been given prestigious international accreditation for their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation.
The estate was one of eight to receive the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation.
WES is a national version of the EU Wildlife Estates (WE) initiative and is endorsed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Environment, whose objective is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations.
The recently accredited estates have all have undergone a rigorous independent assessment of their game, wildlife and habitat management, as well as their social and economic contribution to rural life. All properties are expected to maintain these standards throughout the lifetime of accreditation.
The completion of WES accreditation for these eight estates brings the total number of accredited farms and estates across Scotland to 28, covering nearly 750,000 acres.
Wildlife Estates Scotland Chairman Robbie Douglas Miller said: “It is pleasing to award accreditation to eight new estates, highlighting more of the outstanding conservation work being carried out by farms and estates across Scotland.
“We have just launched the first annual report of Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) and it is clear that WES is providing greater visibility on species, habitats and conservation measures being undertaken by land managers. We seek information on 70 named species, which allows us a range of insights including the benefits of conservation efforts and even climate change indicators.
“We are also seeing landowners being challenged by WES to take their positive management a step further.
“The newly accredited estates are diverse in nature but they all share a desire to work exceptionally hard for the good of the nation’s wildlife at the same time as sustaining their own business activities.
“It is pleasing that their efforts in wildlife management - that is sometimes taken for granted - is being recognised more widely.”