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Deer management

Annual red deer culls on Achentoul are informed by habitat Impact assessments and site condition monitoring.

There are two portions of the estate which form a part of two separate SSSIs. Ben Griams SSSI (designated for vascular plant assemblage and sub alpine heath) and Knockfin Heights SSSI (designated for breeding bird assemblage and blanket bog). Past management has seen the condition of these two sites deteriorate but through collaboration with our neighbours and SNH we now have a plan in place to reverse that situation and measurable improvement is already taking place. Deer densities are now appropriate for these habitats and we work hard to ensure that remains the case.

Stalking

Stag stalking is sometimes available in October, which is an exciting time to be on the hill with the rut in full swing and all of the sights and sounds which that offers. Our lodge guests tend to take any available stalking earlier in the season.

The hind cull takes place over the winter and is the primary focus for us in terms of adjusting overall deer numbers. Hind stalking can be very challenging and exciting, particularly on the flatter Flow Country sections of the estate where there is not much cover or many places to hide!

We let some hind stalking in November to February, which is generally offered as a package in conjunction with accommodation. We can sometimes arrange extra stalking on neighbouring estates if a larger party wants to come and stay in the lodge over the winter. Bespoke packages are available so please contact us so that we can tailor a package to fit your needs and budget.

Achentoul Estate
Kinbrace, Sutherland, KW11 6UB



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