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The Golden Plover Award for Moorland Management is presented jointly by the Heather Trust and GWCT Scotland to promote progressive and sustainable moorland management. Now in its second year, the Golden Plover Award is looking for applicants for the 2014 prize, which will be presented at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair in July.


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The Golden Plover Award recognises a real commitment to moorland management by any estate, farm, shooting syndicate, conservation group or gamekeeper who has gone the "extra mile" to promote and support heather moorland in Scotland.


The award is not based solely on sporting or agricultural productivity, but also rests upon integrated, thoughtful management which responds to wider moorland issues such as peatland restoration, biodiversity and rural employment.


In an age of scientific and technological progress, the onus is frequently on the owners and managers of land to respond to change and apply their initiative to solving the many problems which face heather moorland. The Golden Plover Award is an aknowledgement of this ability to progress in an innovative way.


In 2013, the winner of the first Golden Plover Award was the Edinglassie Estate on Donside. Edinglassie has been a key study area for scientific research into a range of moorland issues, including:


  • Tick control

  • Medicated grouse grit

  • Peatland restoration & grip blocking

  • Upland wader conservation


In addition to these core areas of work, Edinglassie has also hosted research and studies into black grouse, capercaillie and wildcats, putting the estate at the scientific forefront of modern wildlife conservation in Scotland.


Edinglassie was also one of the first estates to attain Level Two accreditation by the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) scheme which highlights the very best in sustainable moorland management. We will be liaising with WES as part of our search for a deserving winner in 2014. For more information on the first Golden Plover Award winners, see our Talking Point article which provides more detail.


The Heather Trust and GWCT Scotland now welcome applications for the Golden Plover Award in 2014. For more information, contact us on or

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Edinglassie estate receives the inaugural Golden Plover Award at the Scottish Game Fair, July 2013


Golden Plover Award winners receive a limited edition golden plover print by Scottish artist Colin Woolf.

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