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Gamekeepers' role tackling wildfires 'not going unnoticed' during time of extreme risk; Praise follows recent community effort at Tarvie


By Hector MacKenzie

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A recent wildfire at Tarvie near Strathpeffer empahsised the importance of estate workers helping out.
A recent wildfire at Tarvie near Strathpeffer empahsised the importance of estate workers helping out.

THE role gamekeepers are playing during a period when the wildfire risk is extreme "has not gone unnoticed".

That was the view expressed today by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation which made it remarks after a string of wildifres across the country, amongst them a blaze at Tarvie near Strathpeffer in which the surrounding community and local estate workers played a key role.

Gamekeepers are often the first on the ground, and have the skills, resources and expertise to help the firefighters.

Plumes of smoke were seen from miles around after the recent wildfire near Tarvie. The community response in helping retained firefighters has been praised.
Picture: Gary Anthony
Plumes of smoke were seen from miles around after the recent wildfire near Tarvie. The community response in helping retained firefighters has been praised. Picture: Gary Anthony

Their professional work and management of the uplands has been praised across the country by a number of fire and rescue services and local community groups.

Glynn Evans, head of game and gundogs at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said: “We are incredibly proud of the gamekeeping community that continually go the extra mile to look after our precious countryside. Without their tireless and significant work this recent spate of wildfires could have caused life threatening damage.

“Wildfires risk lives and property, the work undertaken by our gamekeepers alongside our fantastic fire services is vital to reducing the risk to the public. The importance of their day to day work is not going unnoticed.”

Related: Local heroes praised for tackling Tarvie blaze



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