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SPRING ARRIVALS

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SPRING ARRIVALS

SPRING UPDATE APRIL 2017 “We all know how random nature can be in some respects- from one year to the next we never know if we’re going to have a hard winter, or if the grouse population is going to do well or if the heather will have a good flowering. So it always surprises me how close the migrants come to arriving on the same day every year. Apparently regardless of whatever else is happening. So every year they arrive back in the same places, virtually at the same times and nearly always in the same order. First come the Green...

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March 2017 update, Andy Malcolm – It’s a great time of year….

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March 2017 update, Andy Malcolm – It’s a great time of year….

I’ve seen it before. When we get unseasonal seasons I can find myself getting lost at just where we are in the year. I have to stop and think “oh yes, it’s early spring now” Fortunately I’ve been getting a few reminders lately. A lot of the first migrants are appearing. Curlew, oystercatcher, plover (green and golden) to name a few. And they’re making plenty noise about their arrival. The deer are starting to look decidedly motheaten as they start to lose their winter coats. Ravens and eagles are displaying. The evenings are stretching out...

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Time will tell…

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Time will tell…

The strange weather continues and with it comes more than the difficulties of a ‘black ground’ hind cull. Reports are coming in from colleagues and keepers on other estates. They talk of trout rising for flies, gorse in bloom, baby rabbits and lekking blackcock. All events that are well out of kilter with the time of year. One lad was showing us a picture on his phone today. It showed his dog with a badly swollen face. It happened at the weekend, after a long day of walking round his stoat traps. It looks for all the world like an adder bite....

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A Mild Winter January – 9th January 2017

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A Mild Winter January – 9th January 2017

A MILD WINTER JANUARY The hill is almost in hibernation just now. Very little life to be seen on the open hill apart from deer, hares, grouse, a wide variety of raptors and many,many ravens. The ravens are paired up and wont be long before they start mating (Britain’s earliest nesters). The open winter in this area is making the hind cull very difficult. The deer stay as high up and as far out as they can get away with. You might think this is a good thing, but if we under-cull, the population rises and over-grazing, habitat loss can...

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ANOTHER BOOST FOR SCOTLAND’S WILDLIFE TOURISM

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ANOTHER BOOST FOR SCOTLAND’S WILDLIFE TOURISM

ANOTHER BOOST FOR SCOTLAND’S WILDLIFE TOURISM Praying for good weather and wildlife on show, the Countryfile film crew visited Invermark Estate in May to sample the ‘Secrets of the Glens’.  Glenesk Wildlife features this Sunday, 5th June, at 7pm on BBC 1 Countryfile. In an exciting taster of one of the hidden gems of highland Scotland, BBC Countryfile delves into the life and work of gamekeeper and wildlife expert, Andy Malcolm.  Andy works with his 8 colleagues as a gamekeeper and is the Guide for “Glenesk Wildlife” www.gleneskwildlife.co.uk...

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Latest update from Andy Malcolm – May 2016

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Latest update from Andy Malcolm – May 2016

I’ve been pretty busy with tours throughout May. I have to admit that I sometimes resent the time away from my gamekeeping duties- after all it is a crucial time for virtually all the animals and birds up here. With nests and/or young around, a lot of these creatures are at their most vulnerable.  However, it is the very best time of year to be seeing what Glenesk has to offer. Everywhere you go, it is to the soundtrack of birdsong, everywhere you look there are birds displaying, chicks running around or bunnies and leverets darting for...

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Nature and Wildlife Update – Glenesk Wildlife, Spring 2016

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Nature and Wildlife Update – Glenesk Wildlife, Spring 2016

It’s a great time to be in the hills. The grass is greening up, the buds on the trees are swelling, snowdrops and daffodills are starting to add patches of brightness to the muted colours left by winter. Birds are to to be heard any time of the day or night. The dawn chorus is much publicised but the twilight hours can be a magic time. The sounds from the moors possibly being the most stirring for me. The drumming of snipe, the long, plaintive call of the curlew, the incessant kleep of chasing oystercatcher. If you’re on the...

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”At last there is light at the end of winters long tunnel”

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”At last there is light at the end of winters long tunnel”

February 2016 Nature and Wildlife update – Gamekeeper Andy Malcolm At last there is light at the end of winters long tunnel. It’s been a hard one for most. The long periods of wet weather has put man and beast to the test. It can be hard enough leaving the shelter of a Land Rover but when you know you’re going to have to ford swollen rivers and crawl around on the saturated ground (stalking deer), it can take every ounce of your resolve. But it has been a lot worse for the wildlife. The deer are in as poor condition as...

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Wildlife and Nature update from Andy Malcolm – 10th Jan 2016

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Wildlife and Nature update from Andy Malcolm – 10th Jan 2016

”The biggest feature of the winter so far is the mild-ish wet weather. As land managers it’s about the worst weather we could get. Wild animals (and livestock) fare a lot better in cold dry weather rather than constant wet. It also means that there hasn’t been any snow (to talk of) to push the deer onto the lower, more accwssible ground. This, in conjunction with being busy with our extended grouse shooting and taking paying stalking guests means we’re waaaay behind with our hind cull. This is bad enough but the same...

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Spring Update from Gamekeeper Andy Malcolm

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Spring Update from Gamekeeper Andy Malcolm

” lot of the migrant birds are here. Most of the waders, ring ouzels, meadow pipits, wheatears have arrived. The later ones (like warblers, cuckoo, swallows, house and sand martins, ospreys) should be arriving before long. The grass is only just starting to grow. Leaves are appearing on willow and hawthorn. The buds are appearing on the rowans and birches. We’re starting to see tadpoles, adders, slow worms and common lizards. (I found a freshly-cast adder skin today.) Kevin saw a mountain hare leveret on Friday. Rabbits are full...

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