Islay estate awarded prestigious accreditation
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.