In June it was reported that Kildrummy Estate in Aberdeenshire had been sold to an American couple with a track record in supporting environmental and animal welfare projects (see here).
Kildrummy Estate is infamous because its gamekeeper became the UK’s first (and so far, only gamekeeper) to receive a custodial sentence for raptor persecution in 2014 after his conviction on four counts, including the illegal killing of a trapped goshawk which he clubbed to death on the estate in 2012 (see here and here).
It’s been reported in today’s Sunday Times that the new owners, Chris and Camille Bently, have a much greater vision for Kildrummy and that vision doesn’t include grouse, pheasant or partridge shooting.
The mapping report referred to in this article was one of two published on Thursday (see here) by the League Against Cruel Sports, as part of the Revive Coalition for grouse moor reform. The study suggested that every year, up to a quarter of a million animals are killed in traps and snares on Scottish grouse moors, and many of them in the most hideously brutal circumstances, as evidenced by one of the reports’ front covers:
The progressive-thinking Bentlys join a growing number of decent, intelligent landowners who are prepared to ditch the Victorian dystopia and instead invest in a bold vision of regeneration and restoration. It’ll be good in future to be able to recognise Kildrummy Estate as being at the forefront of something so positive.
The times they are a-changin’.
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