Highland training day for Gamekeepers
Aspiring Gamekeepers from Borders College attended the annual Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) best practice event for student Gamekeepers earlier this year.
Held at Creag Meagaidh, a national nature reserve in Inverness-shire, the National Certificate in Gamekeeping students (accompanied by lecturers Garry Dickson and Alan Tweedie) completed a day’s training delivered by SNH staff and local stalkers.
The day consisted of habitat damage assessment, deer larder handling and carcase handling, as well as deer carcase recovery.
The group also learned more about ballistics in relation to damage to deer biology, which reinforced good shooting techniques.
Marcus Munro from the Highland Shooting Centre also gave the students an opportunity to try out full bore rifle shooting on the 200m range (Chloe Ewart is pictured), as well as demonstrating rifle maintenance and cleaning.
To find out more about Gamekeeping courses at Borders College, visit www.borderscollege.ac.uk/courses
*Pictured left to right in the group photo are Callum Sommerville, Rory Thomson, Jamie McBey, Drew Dickman and Brandon Forrester, discussing damage to moorland plants with Graham Taylor (SNH)*
Published: Wed 27th Jun, 2018