Perthshire sheep wanted!

Forest Enterprise Scotland is looking for some Perthshire sheep to help maintain a Scheduled Ancient monument.

Their mission, should they choose to accept it, will be to graze a seasonal let in Allean Forest just north of Loch Tummel (NN840619) and help keep the four-post Na ClachanAoraidh stone circle clear of vegetation.

Graeme Findlay for the FES team in Tay District, said;

“We’re offering a 17.41 ha seasonal grazing – suitable for around 30-35 sheep - for a period of two months during September and October and we might consider a further period of 1 month in the spring.

“It’s a limestone area and we are looking to get the sheep to keep the mix of grasslands on the site in the right balance, reducing the more acidic grassland plants to give more space for calcareous grassland species.

“As well as keeping the stone circle clear of vegetation,  the grazing should help us to expand the rare and specialised plant communities that grow where limestone outcrops can be found by reducing the competition from other vegetation."

The site is stock-fenced and has water on-site but might need additional water in very dry weather periods.

Effective grazing in September and October is key to this, and an extension of grazing for 4 weeks in the Spring may be offered at some point in the future through agreement by both parties.

For further details contact Tay District Office, Dunkeld on 0300 067 6380.

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.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.