Two shooting estates have been chosen to pilot the pioneering Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) initiative. Developed by Scottish Rural Property and Business Association and the Scottish Estates Business Group, the initiative offers estates and landowners the opportunity to sign up to voluntary commitments on the conservation of habitat and wildlife. More than 200 estates have already signed up and the initiative will be piloted by the Atholl Estates in Perthshire, the Allargue Estate on Donside and the RSPB-owned Abernethy Estate, all within the Cairngorms National Park. Scottish Natural Heritage, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Cairngorms National Park Authority have all played a supporting role in developing the scheme.

The rest of this article appears in 6th April issue of Shooting Times.

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