WIN a Glenesk Wildlife Half Day Tour!

**WIN A HALF DAY GLENESK WILDLIFE TOUR ** for up to 4 people.  This is your chance to explore the wildlife and soak up the scenery that makes Glenesk an incredible place.  Catering included and suitable for families. All you need to do is follow Glenesk Wildlife on Facebook, like and share the competition post and leave a comment who would you bring?

The competition will be live at 5pm on 6th March 2019

The winner will be picked on 6th April 2019.

Facebook Competition Terms and Conditions

The promoter is: Wild Alba Tours whose registered office is at The Haugh, Ballindalloch, Moray, Scotland, AB37 9AJ

The competition is open to all aged 18 years or over except employees of Wild Alba Tours and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via: Glenesk Wildlife Facebook Page.

The competition is being run on Facebook only.

Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

Closing date for entry will be midnight on Saturday 6th April 2019. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: Entrants will be asked to follow Glenesk Wildlife on Facebook, like and share the post and leave a comment who would you bring.

The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

The prize is as follows: A Half-Day Glenesk Wildlife Tour for up to 4 people, children must be accompanied by at least one adult. The day will include a picnic lunch prepared by Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum. The prize must be booked in advance and is subject to availability and is to be taken before the 31st October 2019.

The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable and is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

The winner will be picked at random from all entries received and verified by the promoter or agent on Thursday 19th July 2018.

The winner will be notified by PM on Facebook a within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

The competition winner will be asked for permission to use his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used only with their permission and solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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The latest from Andy

As anticipated the stag season has finished and the hind season started- with the rut only now in full swing.
Research (including data from the long-standing Red Deer project on Rhum) now backs up the anecdotal evidence that the rut is starting later than it used to.
This presents problems to both the deer and the people controlling them.
For the stags a later rut means less time to build up lost reserves before winter sets in. For the hinds and calves it means the calves are born that bit later in the year. Again, the calves have less time to grow before the winter. It also means that the calves are that little bit more dependant on their mothers when the hind season starts.
Any decent deer controller does his utmost to prevent calves being orphaned but, unfortunately, mistakes do happen. Likewise, if the winter kills a milk hind the fact that her calf is a month younger than it would have been 20 years ago might just make the difference between it surviving or not.
All this is of concern to the deer managers too. It’s not in anybodys interest to have a herd in poor condition or to have beasts dying on the hill. Furthermore, the late break-up in the stag herds (prior to the rut) can lead to lower ‘harvest’ of stags. This can mean reduced income for the estate and pressure on the habitat due to increased numbers.
The first weeks of the hind season can be a time when deer managers ‘bag-up’ on their hind cull. The stags will still be corralling the hinds into small groups and their minds are on “other things”. That said, I’m having a torrid time trying to get near my hinds. Yes, every group has it’s dominant stag but then there are dozens of young ‘hopefuls’ surrounding the group. And just because they’re cross-eyed with sexual frustration doesn’t mean they wont spot you at the drop of a hat should you make a mistake trying to penetrate their perimeter.
The heather on my beat has been under a lot of pressure over the last few years and it’s really starting to show decline in some areas. This is due to a mixture of overgrazing, bracken encroachment and a past outbreak of heather beetle. For my part, I have to reduce the resident deer population. To achieve my new cull figure, I’ll be having to bring home 3 red deer every working day until mid-February. When you consider the weather, the short days, rivers in spate, hillwalkers, mechanical issues etc etc. etc. a late rut is the last thing I need.
Andy Malcolm