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Black Grouse Conservation

The Roxburghe Estates is carrying out a major moorland conservation programme on the upland farming unit at Byrecleugh and Rawburn near Longformacus covering an area of 4,500ha. to enhance the level of bio-diversity.

The programme will comprise habitat enhancement measures and stock management controls with the aim to deliver considerable long term benefits to wildlife and help maintain one of the unique moorland landscapes of the Borders. 

The moorland improvements will bring about benefits to upland wildlife in particular Black Grouse,  one of the most rapidly declining birds in Britain and on the red list of birds of conservation concern.

A reduction in stocking levels is being applied which will help ground nesting birds such as Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe. These birds require lightly stocked fields in which to nest and raise their young.

Areas of wildbird cover will be sown, which will help feed overwintering flocks of once common birds such as: Goldfinches, Linnets, Tree sparrows and Chaffinches.

Native woodland is to be encouraged by fencing off areas and by replacing conifer woodland with mixed native broadleaved trees.  These measures will enhance the landscape value and improve the habitat for Black Grouse. A large hedge planting programme is also being undertaken to provide shelter and to form wildlife corridors connecting habitats such as watercourses with woodlands.

This programme is benefiting from support under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

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General Conditions of Let

Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.

Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.

Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.

Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.

Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.

Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.

References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.

Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.

Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)

Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.

Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF