Avoid stalk­ing con­flict

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, As Scot­land’s deer stalk­ing sea­son gets into full swing, a web­based ser­vice to avoid con­flict be­tween walk­ers and stalk­ers has been re­launched.

This year Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage has worked with part­ners in­clud­ing Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Deer Man­age­ment Groups to cre­ate a more user­friendly ser­vice, which has ex­panded again this year, par­tic­u­larly in the north-west High­lands, and is ac­ces­si­ble from mo­biles and tablets.

The site pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific Mun­ros, Cor­betts and other pop­u­lar hills. It also in­cludes routes that are ‘al­ways okay’ and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion such as when the es­tate will start stag stalk­ing and the days of the week when stalk­ing does not take place.

The web ser­vice is a quick way to check that you won’t dis­turb deer stalk­ing when head­ing to par­tic­i­pat­ing hills be­tween July and Oc­to­ber.

We hope that you find the ser­vice easy to use and would welcome feed­back by email to HFTSH@snh.gov.uk.

We ex­pect the ser­vice to con­tinue to grow, so if the hills you want to climb aren’t in­cluded on the site, it is worth tak­ing an­other look be­fore you head out.

The web­site helps walk­ers follow the ad­vice in the Scot­tish Out­door Ac­cess Code to try to find out where stag stalk­ing is tak­ing place and who to con­tact if more in­for­ma­tion is re­quired.

The code also en­cour­ages walk­ers to take ac­count of rea­son­able ad­vice on al­ter­na­tive routes and to avoid cross­ing land where stalk­ing is tak­ing place.

The web­site can be found at www.out­doorac­cess-scot­land.com/hftsh.

Fiona Cun­ing­hame, SNH recre­ation and ac­cess of­fi­cer and James Or­p­wood, Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land ac­cess of­fi­cer.

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