Scottish Game Fair promotes greener farming and sustainable shooting

The Scottish Game Fair returns to the grounds of Scone Palace next week.

Run by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and sponsored by NFU Mutual, the event will run from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26.

A focal point, as always, is the Trust’s central exhibition this year, which examines the future challenges of a delivery-based farm support system for the environment, as well as sustainable traction on both highland and lowland.

‘How good is your game, how green is your farm?’ common themes of the exhibition. explore these areas.

With agriculture accounting for around 70% of Scotland’s land use and with many key wildlife habitats linked to our farming environment, it is important that farming efficiently produces food while also taking care of nature, taking into account the use of climate change measures and systems. promoting biodiversity

The exhibition shows how farmers can become more ‘green’ through, for example, farm environmental audits, monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration measures and improving farming efficiency.

Benefits can also be obtained by farmers working together in farmer clusters, especially in terms of soil quality, water and wildlife, at a landscape scale.

The exhibition explores a parallel theme for game managers in ensuring the biodiversity net payoff of their work, whether in highland or lowland terrain – adopting viable, pragmatic evidence-based approaches and solutions in upland areas, as well as in the lowlands where the understanding and practice of sustainable play can benefit the wider environment. release and exile management.

Rory Kennedy, director of Game and Wildlife Conservation Scotland, said: ‘Our exhibition at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair introduces these important messages at an important time.

With the subsidy system changing, farmers and land managers must now be more aware than ever of the stock of natural capital they hold on their land and how it can be improved.

‘The starting point is to have the right information and GWCT now has a tried and field tested application that allows recording and monitoring of different species and habitats to support this process. This monitoring is also as important as taking action to support change for the good, whether it’s a more sustainable shoot or a more sustainable farm.

‘Looking at how this can be achieved in the moorland and low ground game management environments, as well as on the farmland of Scotland, the exhibition lays out the background to this drive for evidence.

‘Our consultants and researchers will be on hand throughout the Fair to walk visitors through the exhibition and explain how GWCT can help.’

Also in the central area of ​​the GWCT are Moredun Research Institute’s Biobus and The Covey, a popular educational space for young visitors.

There’s also the Artists in Action booth this year featuring artists Emily Crookshank and Charlotte Marlow.

Click to learn more about the fair HERE.

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