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Rural Priorities Case Studies - Tayside

September 2012 Approvals

Finlay McGowan of Incheoch Farm, Blairgowie in Perthshire has been awarded £72,002 to manage several different habitats for overall improvement of the farm’s biodiversity. Many rare species of birds, including the cuckoo, grey partridge, spotted flycatcher and the yellowhammer, will benefit from this project.

A collaboration of projects in Tayside will be working with the Saving Red Squirrels project to coordinate control of grey squirrels by landowners across the region. Around £300,000 will fund a total of 18 cases to create barriers for grey squirrels to help halt the decline of the native red squirrel, one of our most iconic species. 

June 2012 Approvals

Duncreivie Farm by Glenfarg in Perthshire has been awarded £100,000 to fund facilities and equipment for livestock investment. This vibrant new entrant business will be supported in setting up the recently-purchased farm to help enhance the future of the local livestock industry. The investment may also allow the new entrant farmer to make use of local suppliers and services, resulting in wider benefits to the local economy. 

Loch Leven Equine Practice, Kinross has been awarded £159,550 towards constructing and equipping the first equine veterinary hospital in Tayside. This would allow for specialist and emergency treatments to be delivered locally in Kinross and offer a referral service for other high value services. The project will protect seven full-time jobs and as the business develops it will potentially create up to seven new posts, providing wider economic benefits.

September 2011 Approvals 

Megginch Estate Partnership has been awarded £17,900 to restore the historic orchard at Megginch Castle. The project includes planting new fruit trees, restoring the orchard pond and stone walls and installing nest boxes, along with work to control grey squirrels.

The orchard and surrounding castle grounds are included in Historic Scotland's inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and identified as one of the surviving gems of the Carse of Gowrie - an area renowned for its fruit-growing. It is home to around 100 veteran fruit trees, some of which are thought to date from the 1820s. The project will see it conserved and sympathetically restored for the enjoyment of future generations.

The work involves collaboration with the Carse of Gowrie Initiative Historic Orchard Forum Project and other landowners, plus the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrel Project.

Newmiln Farm, at Tibbermore, Perth was awarded nearly £57,200 to continue work undertaken as part of a Management Agreement with Scottish Natural Heritage to manage the Methven Moss SSSI/Special Area of Conservation. Methven Moss is a large lowland raised bog on the watershed of the River Almond and River Earn between Crieff and Perth.

Under the agreement with SNH, work included tree felling and removal, scrub control and installing three dams in an adjacent water course to maintain the water table at a high level and help prevent the drying out of the peat.

The proposal will continue with the work previously undertaken and contribute to the ongoing improvement of this important habitat and maintaining it in good condition. Management will primarily focus on removing additional areas of trees and scrub from the bog, as well as limiting disturbance to the habitat through appropriate grazing and management of wet grassland and organic fields adjacent to the bog as buffer areas.

April 2010 Approvals

A new poultry house will be built at East Adamston near Dundee using a grant of £321,000. The new facilities will include a new improved welfare broiler house incorporating windows for natural light, more perches and temperature control. The development will create a new post and sustain a further 2.5.

The Comrie Millennium Footpath Association intend to upgrade the lower section of the Glen Lednock Circular Path at Comrie in 2010 using a grant of £29,000. The path is popular with locals and visitors, as it is close to the village and provides access to the surrounding countryside, including the Deils Cauldron waterfalls. The upgrade will provide a new all abilities path, seating and site interpretation which will allow easier access for a greater number of visitors and different user groups.

Meikleour Estate intends to carry out grey squirrel trapping in selected locations in its woodlands between Blairgowrie and the River Tay using a grant of £23,000 over the next fiver years. If the population is left unchecked, it will pose a future threat to the Highland red population if left unchecked. By reducing the grey population and slowing this movement, this Estate is in a key position to support the strategy for red squirrel conservation being undertaken by the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels project. This trapping regime will work in conjunction with other efforts by neighbours to widen trapping coverage.

Craigo Farms, based near Montrose plan to use a grant of £173,500 to construct new grain drying and storage facilities. A new woodchip boiler for powering the grain dryer will be sited within adjacent existing traditional buildings on the farm at Craigo Home Farm and the woodchip will be sourced from the existing woodland on the farm, utilising an existing product, and enhancing the value of the woodland. The integration of such a renewable energy source into an on farm grain drying plant is understood to be the first of its kind in Scotland and will save the farm an estimated £11,000 a year.

November 2009 Approvals

Dunira Estate near Comrie in Perthshire will create a mixed woodland of around 110 hectares using a £485,000 grant, which will be planted in 2010. The new woodland is predominantly native upland oak, birch and pine woodland and will help expand the local forest habitat network from the Comrie Woods SSSI area to the South. While significantly contributing to the biodiversity and landscape of the area, this new woodland scheme will also help deliver significant long-term benefits in terms of carbon capture, helping to meet the Scottish Government's objective for a greener Scotland.

Mr Porter of West Scryne Farm near Carnoustie will receive £50,000 grant to develop a management scheme for corn buntings and other wildlife across four farms in Angus. Corn buntings are increasingly endangered due to loss of habitat through modern farming practices. The scheme will ensure the sustainable management of the unharvested crops and grassland areas, which the birds depend on, for five years. New hedges and improved hedge management are among measures which will benefit other wildlife including tree sparrow and barn owl populations as well as curlew, lapwing, and yellowhammer.