Conservation & Wildlife

Conservation & Wildlife

Farming with Conservation in Mind

Loch Spynie SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) covers almost 100 hectares in the middle of Pitgaveny and much of what we do on the surrounding farmland aims to enhance the flora and fauna in the wider area. Since the early 1990’s we have built up a network of grassland margins at the edge of many of our fields, known as Beetle banks, to encourage all sorts of wildlife, as well as leaving uncultivated areas beside streams.

Wetland areas are managed to encourage wading birds and hedgerows have been planted, both to benefit wildlife and to reduce soil erosion on our sandy soils, caused by strong winds.

You can find out more about Sites of Special Scientific Interest on the Scottish National Heritage website.