SORN Estate has been recognised for its ‘exceptional’ work to protect wildlife and habitats.

The estate was presented with the Wildlife Estate Scotland’s advanced Level 2 accreditation at a ceremony held at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone over the weekend.

The award was presented to Nick Wright of Sorn Estate by Francesca Osowska OBE, chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage and David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates.

The estate’s forestry, managed under the Forestry Commission Long Term Forest Plan, provides fuel, including for biomass boilers and sporting uses.

Dee Ward, vice-chairman of operations, Wildlife Estates Scotland, said: “Owners and managers of WES accredited estates and farms should be proud of the work they have done, often over many years, to enhance their land for wildlife and encourage the many species that now live there.

“WES requires evidence about 70 named species, which provides an insight into how land in rural areas can be managed for the good of the nation’s wild life and also enables best practice to be shared.”