Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a revamped version of the Heading for the Scottish Hills service, which allows walkers to check ahead for possible deer stalking taking place on estates. This helps reduce the chance of disturbing stag stalking during the peak season from late summer to 20th October. The new service covers more hills and is now accessible from mobiles and tablets.
The information – which has also been built into each of the relevant Walkhighlands route descriptions for the 2015 season, as well as pdfs on the Heading for the Scottish Hills website – includes details on stalking on all participating estates and contact details for further information. Also included are any routes that are “always okay” and general information such as the approximate length of stag stalking and the days of the week when stalking doesn’t take place.
Fiona Cuninghame, SNH recreation and access officer, said:
“The web service is a quick way to check that you won’t disturb deer stalking when heading to participating hills between July and October. We hope that you find the service easy to use and would welcome feedback on HFTSH@snh.gov.uk . We expect the service to continue to grow, so if you’re planning a trip and the hills you want to climb aren’t included on the site, it’s worth taking another look nearer the time.”
Andrea Partridge, Mountaineering Council of Scotland Access Officer, said:
“The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has been closely involved with the Heading for the Scottish Hills website and is delighted to see that the service has expanded and is more accessible. We encourage all hill-goers to check the website during the stalking season and contact the relevant estate if necessary.”