02 March 2016

The Golden Plover Award 2016

The Golden Plover AwardThe Heather Trust and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Scotland) have announced applications are open for the 2016 Golden Plover Award for Moorland Management and Lindsays are proud sponsors of this coveted award.

Now in its fourth year, the Golden Plover recognises progressive, practical and sustainable moorland management in Scotland. This year the Award's theme reflects sheep farming's role as a major upland land use.

Adam Smith, Director, Scotland, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust said: “The judges will be looking to identify the best integration of farming enterprises with conservation, sport and other business interests. The award is open to farms, estates, individuals and syndicates, or any other individual or group who can demonstrate their interest in sheep grazing contributing to high quality moorland management. Striking such a balance isn’t easy, needing attention to habitat quality, parasite control, lambing, and a collaborative work strategy with neighbours and local keepers, so we are very keen to applaud those who have managed to pull it off.”

Michael Yellowlees, Head of Rural Services at Lindsays, said: “Our rural team understands the realities of modern rural life and we are delighted to support this award which celebrates the enthusiasm and commitment required to manage Scotland’s uplands.

“We are extremely proud that we have worked with generations of the same family on numerous Scottish estates and farms, many with a strong sheep enterprise. Our enduring relationship with rural clients reflects our in-depth knowledge and genuine expertise in specialised areas such as agricultural law, crofting law, renewable energy, telecommunications, forestry, minerals, sportings and feudal dignities.”

Previous winners have included Edinglassie Estate on Donside for their support for scientific research into grouse management, and Finzean near Banchory for their dedication to community and conservation.

Simon Thorp, Director of the Heather Trust, said: “We hope 2016 will build on the success of the last three years of the Golden Plover Award, which has really helped to highlight the hard work and dedication involved in managing Scotland’s uplands. This year, we aim to demonstrate the really positive impact that shepherds and farmers can make on our hills and moorlands, complementing a range of different interests, from sport and conversation to peatland and renewables.”

Applicants are invited to submit their entry by 12 noon on 23 March 2016 and winners will be presented at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace on Friday 1 July. You can download an application form from the Golden Plover Award website.

Issued on behalf of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Heather Trust by:

Dick Playfair
Playfair Walker
Tel: 0131 445 5570
E: richard@playfairwalker.com

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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