Field Sports & Fishing

Background

Much of the land within the Cairngorms National Park is managed for field sports. These activities include deer stalking, grouse shooting and rough shooting of pheasants, partridges, ducks, rabbits and hares. The Rivers Dee and Spey are two of Scotland’s finest salmon rivers and there are numerous lochs where trout and some other species are fished. Managing land for field sports became popular in the Highlands when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Balmoral Estate in 1852. Other people, made rich by the Industrial Revolution, were keen to copy the Royals and bought land in the Highlands around this time. The link between humans and animals such as deer is much older than the nineteenth century; humans have hunted deer since we first colonised Scotland 8,000-10,000 years ago.

Useful links:
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
British Traditional Fieldsports
Countryside Alliance

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