Is­lay es­tate awarded pres­ti­gious ac­cred­i­ta­tion

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

AN ES­TATE on Is­lay was one of eight in Scot­land to re­ceive an in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion this year.

Dun­los­sit Es­tate re­ceived the pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade for its on­go­ing work in wildlife man­age­ment and con­ser­va­tion.

The Wildlife Es­tates Scot­land (WES) ac­cred­i­ta­tion was made at the Scot­tish Game Fair, held at Scone Palace.

The to­tal num­ber of ac­cred­ited farms and es­tates across Scot­land now stands at 52, cov­er­ing just over 1.2 mil­lion acres.

Scot­tish Land and Es­tates chair­man David John­stone said: ‘ Wildlife Es­tates Scot­land ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a rig­or­ous process that asks es­tates and farms to meet the finest stan­dards across wildlife and con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment and it is pleas­ing that an­other eight es­tates and farms have met this bench­mark.

‘The newly-ac­cred­ited prop­er­ties are very di­verse in na­ture but they have all demon­strated the ex­cel­lent work they are con­duct­ing on is­sues such as species and habi­tat man­age­ment.

‘We seek a broad range of in­for­ma­tion from es­tates, in­clud­ing data on 70 birds and an­i­mals, which helps to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant in­sight into what is work­ing well and where our con­ser­va­tion ef­forts need to be tar­geted.

‘ While chal­lenges lie ahead for the fu­ture of the WES project, we should be proud that we have reached this im­por­tant mile­stone in the scheme.’

David John­stone of Scot­tish Land and Es­tates, left, hands the award to David Gil­lies of Dunnlos­sit.

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