Dalhousie Estate manager appointed to advisory board

Deirdre Stewart, estate manager at Dalhousie Estates, has been appointed a board member of the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) Advisory Board.
Deirdre Stewart, who has been appointed to the advisory board of Wildlife Estates Scotland.Deirdre Stewart, who has been appointed to the advisory board of Wildlife Estates Scotland.
Deirdre Stewart, who has been appointed to the advisory board of Wildlife Estates Scotland.

WES is an internationally recognised accreditation scheme promoting habitat and wildlife management best practice, with the advisory board steering the long-term direction of the scheme.

Ms Stewart has worked in land management for more than 20 years. Having spent time with both Bidwells and Galbraith during that time, she moved to Dalhousie Estates in 2019, assuming full responsibility for estate management of over 20,000ha, last April.

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She said: “An accreditation scheme such as Wildlife Estates Scotland has never been more important to landowners, as we try to both deliver and balance active land use, such as food production, forestry, energy and sporting, with our responsibility to tackle the biodiversity and climate crises.

"We advocate that the role of the land manager, whether on large or small properties, is to do their best for both wildlife and habitat, going above and beyond what may be determined by best practice and regulatory compliance. Consideration of biodiversity impact should be integral in all decisions.”