HEATHER BURNING - APRIL.
This burns off the old rank heather and allows for the new fresh shoots
to come through, which young deer and grouse feed upon.
NESTING TIME - MAY
It is crucial that at this time of year when the ground nesting birds, such as
the red grouse, golden plover and many other species are most vulnerable, that they do not get
disturbed. PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES.
DEER CALVING TIME - MAY / JUNE
Do not be tempted to touch any of the calves that you may come
across, for by doing so you are putting your smell onto the calf and when the mother (hind) returns
she will not recognise the smell as hers and she may abandon it. The hind naturally leaves the calves
for long periods of time as they are safer hidden in the long heather rather than running alongside
THE STAG CULL - 1ST JULY – 20TH OCTOBER
THE HIND CULL - 21ST OCTOBER – 15TH FEBRUARY
for a cull is even more apparent, with deer numbers increasing and their range decreasing. It is
essential to ensure the long term welfare of the herds and that the old, the weak, the sick and the
injured are culled.
THE RUT - SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
This is the Breeding season for the red deer. You may well hear the
stags roaring, warning each other of their presence and should you be very lucky you may see these
majestic animals battling for supremacy within the herds. The Code asks visitors to find out where
stalking and culling is taking place and to stay off open hill when stalking is taking place. Estate
owners and Land Managers are asked to inform the public of these activities and where they are taking
place. Advice is to be given of alternative walking sites which visitors are encouraged to use.
THE GROUSE SEASON - 12TH AUGUST – 10TH DECEMBER
Much of the Highlands economy depends upon grouse
shooting. Years of careful habitat management have not only resulted in adequate grouse numbers but
also a wide diversity of other flora and fauna, many of which may otherwise not be present in the
uplands of Scotland. The Code asks visitors to be alert to the possibility that shooting is taking
place, seek and use alternative routes, Avoid crossing land until it is safe to do so. Land managers
should be aware where recreation might take place and attempt to advise the visitor and publish
alternative routes accordingly.
Fishing is a peaceful and pastoral sport, which contributes significantly to the rural
economy in Glen Lyon. The river is very narrow and extremely dangerous in the lower glen and water
sports are not recommended because of this. We would ask visitors to check where it might be
appropriate to carry out water sports locally. There are recognised places such as Grandtully and Loch
Tay where facilities are first class.