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Abernethy National Nature Reserve receives prestigious Scottish Land and Estates accolade

Last modified: 05 July 2013

RSPB Loch Garten nature reserve, Strathspey

Image: Andy Hay

The RSPB Scotland Abernethy NNR will be presented today with its level 2 Wildlife Estates Award at the Scottish Gamefair at Scone Palace, by Scottish Land and Estates.

Abernethy NNR has been one of the advanced pilot projects for the SLE Wildlife Estates initiative, which is also supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB Scotland said: “Abernethy National Nature Reserve in Strathspey is a home for some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife, with over 4000 species of animals and plants recorded to date, including capercaillie, golden eagle, red squirrel, red deer and twinflower. The nature reserve is perhaps best known as the largest remnant area of native Caledonian pinewood in Scotland, as well as a place where the public can come to see Scotland’s most celebrated pair of ospreys at Loch Garten, a flagship species for conservation in this country.

“We are delighted to have played a part in the development of the Scottish Land and Estates Wildlife Estates initiative. We hope that other Scottish estates will also participate in Wildlife Estates, which encourages best practice management for Scotland’s wildlife, and is subject to independent auditing. Scottish estates cover large parts of the Scottish countryside, and there is huge potential for Wildlife Estates to deliver conservation and environmental management through best practice farming, forestry and sporting enterprises.”

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