Young Gamekeeper of the Year announced

SGA Gamekeeper20-year-old Duncan Seaton from Dores near Inverness was announced as the Scottish Gamekeepers Association’s Young Gamekeeper of the Year.

Duncan recently completed an HNC in gamekeeping with wildlife management at North Highland College. He has a broad range of management experience and is involved with educating children about responsible gamekeeping. He is currently employed on Dunmaglass Estate, looking after pheasants, grouse and curlews, as well as participating in stag and hind stalking.

He was presented with the prestigious award by Aileen McLeod, minister for environment, climate change and land reform, and SGA chairman Alex Hogg.

“I am delighted to receive the award. It is a real honour in our profession,” Duncan said. “I didn’t come from a traditional gamekeeping background but I have really enjoyed learning and putting knowledge into practice. Managing wildlife today is a big responsibility, as is education, and modern gamekeeping doesn’t just involve the end product. Our estate works with local schools and, whilst I was at Invercauld, I enjoyed discussing management with the hillwalkers visiting the five Munros on the estate. Sharing ideas and understanding is part of gamekeeping, as is managing to help many different kinds of species.”

SGA Chairman Alex Hogg said: “Duncan was nominated by a former head keeper because of his attitude and the standard of his work. It is clear he is a hardworking and adaptable person who knows how to manage in a balanced and considerate way. He is enormously deserving of the award.”

The SGA is now also accepting nominations for the inaugural Ronnie Rose Award, to be present at Moy Highland Field Sports Fair. The award is in memory of Ronnie Rose, acclaimed Scottish wildlife manager and author, who received many conservation awards during his lifetime. The trophy will be awarded to an individual who has made a lasting contribution to conservation and species management. To nominate someone you know, email or call 01738 587515 for more information.

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