Conservation & Forestry
EEL aims to preserve and enhance the natural heritage and environment of the Estate, and achieves this through conservation, agricultural and woodland management activities.
Agricultural practices such as leaving field margins uncut and sown with wildflower mix, planting hedgerows and crop rotation all assist in habitat creation. Beetle banks, wildlife strips and buffer strips have also been created, and are utilised for beehive positioning, ground nesting, feeding and rearing cover for young birds.
As far as practical a continuous cover system of silviculture is adopted on the Estate and a number of the plantations were planted commercially in the 1970s and eighties with pine species. These plantations are now due for thinning which will increase the sunlight to the forest floor and create natural regeneration.
An application was accepted in 2011 under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) for grant assistance, to undertake further woodland management for the amenity and conservation of existing woodland parcels, as well as to create more wildlife habitats on the worked farmland.
There are a number of footpaths across the Estate which EEL have consented to and which contribute to the local community. See www.cogg.org.uk for a map of paths around Errol Village.
The Estate respectfully request that users of the path network have regard for land management practices, farming and sporting activities and take access in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code – www.outdooraccess-scotland.com.