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Internet stalking success

A NEW web service designed to help reduce disturbance during the stag stalking season in Scotland has got off to a good start, earning praise for its effectiveness.

'Heading for the Scottish Hills' was developed to provide information to hill-walkers and other recreational users about deer stalking – and the East Grampian Deer Management Group has already reported a significant reduction of disturbances thanks to the site's services. Available on the Outdoor Access website, the service helps users find out where deer stalking is taking place on participating estates over the busy stag stalking season and to plan routes which minimise the chance of causing disturbance to stalking, in line with the guidance in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Bell Ingram's Malcolm Taylor – and secretary of the EGDMG – said: "The site is extremely easy to use with an interactive map that invites users to select an area which will take them to the stalking information for that property. "This season we have experienced a reduction in the number of disturbances to stalking which can be largely accredited to the site being well received by the public. This is a clear example of positive management that works."

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