Ex Forestry Chief wins Deer award

Jo OHara and Bob McIntosh

Dr Bob McIntosh CBE, former Director of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate, was presented with the prestigious Balfour Browne trophy at Scone Game Fair on 1 July.

The glorious silver stag trophy is presented biannually by the British Deer Society and Forestry Commission Scotland in alternate years for excellence in or for making a valuable contribution to the better management of deer in UK.

Dr McIntosh received the award in recognition for his work in: driving forward initiatives such as the revolutionary Scottish Quality Wild Venison Assurance Scheme, which improved not only the welfare of deer but also the processing standards of the production of venison; fostering good relationships across the deer management industry; and implementing changes to the way Forest Enterprise Scotland manage deer on the National Forest Estate.

Dr McIntosh graduated with a BSc in Ecological Science in 1973, and his knowledge of deer grew as his career progressed in the Commission. He is well respected across the sector and built up remarkable relationships including British Deer Society, Association of Deer Management Groups and Lowlands Deer Network Scotland.

The award was presented to Dr McIntosh by Jo O’Hara, Head of Forestry Commission Scotland. Previous recipients of the award from the world of deer management include Richard Prior, Ronnie Rose MBE and Richard Cooke.

The Edinburgh-made award was originally donated in 1964 by Miss ECM Balfour-Browne in memory of her brother Vincent Balfour- Browne, a respected Scottish sculptor and artist.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
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