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ITS IN YOUR NATURE TO CARE

 We are committed to sustainability and conservation of all the estate's wildlife.

WILD LIFE OPERATIONS AND DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME 2016 - 2017

 

We have commenced our deer management programme. We are stalking from  Tuesday 13 September 2016. 

 

Please walk elsewhere over the above short period.

We actively manage the situation by providing information at Invervar with notices indicating whether we are out or not.

 

 

 If you feel you need to walk here when we are not carrying out our management programme, we ask that you follow the simple requests that accomodate the animals' welfare, shown in the web site, especially walking clockwise, taking in Carn Gorm first and avoiding coming into any corries and driving the deer out. ( See fifth paragraph below for further guidance)

We very much appreciate your help over this short period, in the interest of the environment, conservation, deer welfare, good stewardship and employment.

The deer management programme here is very important to the livelihoods of local people and our employees and the welfare of the deer herd, so we would ask you to respect the guidance we offer.  Walking needs to be fitted into the estate business programme and has to be managed.  Please download a copy of our Deer Management Activity And Alternative Routes Leaflet.

A sensible balance is needed if the uplands here are to remain sustainable.

When deer stalking is taking place the Access Code places a responsibility on walkers to avoid conflicting and disrupting that activity over the relatively short period it takes place and that you walk elsewhere. This policy is sensibly being encouraged by P&K Council with whom the Estate works closely.

When access is available throughout most of the year please work to the following guidelines:

  •        Follow the recognised route in a clockwise direction from Invervar, up the track, over the bridge, to the    way        marks near the top of the wood, which are signed westward to Carn Gorm. Follow the signs and the green   and      orange way marks.  
  •          Walk up the east side of the ridge to the peak.
    •        Stay on the ridges and do not come down into the corries to avoid disturbing the deer and birds.

Walk quietly.

Keep dogs on leads at all times. This will avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and deer. Dogs cause disturbance and damage to wildlife and great stress to deer and their young at any time of year, but particularly in June - July, just after calves are borne and birds have chicks.

If you find a deer or deer calf, do not handle it.

In summer please be off the hill by well before dusk (7pm) to allow the hinds to return peacefully to their calves.(which they leave hidden during the day) ( May to July).

When we are on the hill carrying out our programme, August to October, but mainly September and October, we will tell you at  Invervar with very clear notices and we ask that you respect these by staying off the hills allowing us to do our work.

Please walk elsewhere at the local alternative areas offered.  You can always come back here at another time.

We will also endeavour to advise details of our estate programme on this web site. The programme  takes in Saturdays and sometimes Sundays during the season ( September - October). 

These small requests will assist in preventing this wilderness  becoming  a wild life desert, which is currently where it is heading if human access impacts are not more actively managed and carried out responsibly.

Thank you for your cooperation in working towards sustainability and helping us achieve a better balance between man and nature as well as offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy the hills.