Elmwood College Gamekeeping Lecturer, Jim Goodlad recently accompanied a group of NC Gamekeeping and Wildlife Conservation students to Glenalmond Estate, Perthshire for a pheasant and partridge shoot.
The trip was planned so that students could attend a lecture to help them develop a knowledge and understanding of shooting techniques and also to raise awareness of the safety factors leading to accidents and how to avoid them in the field. The students also participated in beating exercises. The visit coincided with Harald V, The King of Norway’s shooting visit to Glenalmond.
Jim said, "The students had a tremendous time, education is about more than just working in the classroom and this opportunity provided students with a real sense of the practical side of gamekeeping. During the trip the students also had the opportunity to experience the professional standards which they aspire to.”
West Glenalmond Estate covers 6,500 acres and offers trout and salmon fishing and is a popular spot for hill walking. It is surrounded by heather and scree covered hills, which rise up on both sides, separated by the banks of the River Almond. The estate is a habitat for many birds of prey, including red kite and golden eagles. There are also ruins of abandoned crofting communities.
Student, Fraser MacDonald, said, “The whole course has been brilliant, but this trip was the best yet. I especially enjoyed the spectacular views from the estate and it was well worth braving the cold conditions for.”