Advice to help walkers avoid stalkers

Deer stalking continues until October 20.
Deer stalking continues until October 20.

Walkers are being urged by a leading agency to check online for deer stalking in the area before taking to the Angus hills.

This year’s ‘Heading for the Scottish Hills website’ (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/hftsh) has been launched by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and provides a quick way for walkers to check that they will not disturb deer stalking over the season and plan their routes accordingly.

The service, which was set up four years ago, covers around 70 estates in popular hill-walking areas mainly in the Cairngorms National Park, the Breadalbane area and on the west coast. It includes general information about stalking on all participating estates and contact details where walkers can obtain further information.

Some estates provide detailed information on the site up to a week in advance, describing where and when stalking will take place, as well as suggested walking routes. There is also information about responsible behaviour for land managers and walkers.

SNH is looking for feedback on the service and the online survey is available at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/hftsh

The stalking season, which is already under way, will continue until October 20.