Highlands beckon for young Leslie gamekeeper

From left: Jim Goodlad, Donald Alexander, Cameron Brown,  Declan Lindsay and Jim McKerrachar.
From left: Jim Goodlad, Donald Alexander, Cameron Brown, Declan Lindsay and Jim McKerrachar.

A Leslie gamekeeping student is all set to begin a career in the Highlands after being picked out by a head keeper from Dalwhinnie.

Cameron Brown (17), a student at Scotland’s Rural College, was chosen by Jim McKerrachar, head keeper of Phoines Estate, as the best candidate for looking after a grouse moor.

Gamekeeping is all I ever wanted to do when I left school

Cameron Brown

The estate consists of over 27,000 acres of land and is host to a wide range of lowland sport shooting.

Cameron said: “Gamekeeping is all I ever wanted to do when I left school.

“Even at a younger age, I have always had an interest about the countryside, the animals that live there, and the people that work there.

“I would like to thank SRUC Elmwood campus, and my tutors for giving me this opportunity.”

Mr McKerrachar said: “In the past we have had students who have excelled themselves whilst on work placements.

“It is pleasing to see this relationship developing even further by giving students an opportunity of full time employment.”

Jim Goodlad, gamekeeping lecturer at the college, said: “It is great to see all the employability skills and training throughout the course coming to fruition”.