The RSPB has denied rumours that it is interested in buying one of the most spectacular sporting estates to come on to the open market in Scotland.

The purchase by the bird charity of the Millden Estate in the Angus Glens, which is available in its entirety for a record £17.5million, would have been seen as a massive blow for sporting management in the area.

The estate covers almost 20,000 acres, and is described by agents CKD Galbraith as the Holy Grail of grouse moors, capable of shooting in excess of 10 consecutive driven days.

RSPB spokesman Graham Madge told Shooting Times: ?The RSPB hasn?t got any acquisition plans for the Millden Estate, as lovely as it looks. Obviously it?s a very important area for wildlife, and we look forward to the new owners working with that wildlife in order to protect the estate and everything that?s special there.?

The asking price also includes a driven low-ground pheasant and partridge shoot, eight miles of double-bank fishing for salmon and sea trout on the North Esk, and more than 30 properties.

The rest of this article appears in the 2nd November issue of Shooting Times.

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