I've read with interest the thread re countryfile last night but wonder how many of you caught BBC2's "Making Scotlands Landscapes" with Proffessor Iain Stewart. I suspect it may have slipped through the radars of those watching countryfile!
I didnt see all of the programe but alot of it concentrated on the history of game shooting in Scotland after the land owners turfed out the crofters and built large deer forests across the country.
Whilst it was very interesting I'm not sure of it's accuracy and was concerned with the slant they put on the programme with damage to wildlife that game keeping has had over the years and more importantly they concentrated on Trophy shooting for the wealthy rather then some of the plus sides.
The programme did look at tourism and again in my view they took the stance this was a negative thing rather then looking at the money that this has brought to the economy of Scotland.
Proffessor Stewart did partake in an escorted stalk stating he wanted to know how it felt to stalk and kill an animal and I thought the programme was about to become more balanced. However we then witnessed a dry fire stalk onto a hill stag.
We then heard exploits and extracts of poetry about sportsman who having once experienced the shooting of a beast could not get enough of the kill for a trophy!
and then with sinister music they entered an estates great hall with thousands of skulls fixed to the walls and ceilings and we were back to the Trophy side of things again..
No mention of the food and by products that came from all of those animals and the programme later moved on into the creation of the national parks with another negative angle on those that put it in place and for what reasons.
In my opinion whilst fascinating from a historical point of view (if accurate) this programme was another example of negative images, music and verbage with the potential for negative impressions from joe public.
I forget the estate in Scotland where sports shooting started with the creation of the first deer lawn but they returned here at the end of the programme with the current Laird who was pleased to state they got things wrong in the passed and have just culled 40,000 beasts returning the estate to 1 animal in a square kilometer. With this they had seen a dramatic rise in owls and various previously rare or non existent animals on the ground..
This gave another negative impression of the game keeper, estate management and deer management along with that of grouse.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of others on this programme and David is another possible for a BASC follow up I think.
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