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North Chesthill Estate
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 2017 - 2018
We have commenced our deer management programme. Please contact the Head Keeper, Kevin Grant as appropriate.
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.
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.This policy is sensibly being encouraged by P&K Council with whom the Estate works closely.
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 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. Dogs worry sheep and we have had several incidents.
- 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)
These small requests will assist in preventing this wonderful wilderness becoming a wild life desert, which is currently where it is heading if ever increasing human access impacts are not more actively managed.
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.