An Alyth teenager honing his craft at the royal estate of Balmoral has scooped a top award.
Greg Sinclair (18), who has already gained experience at both Atholl Estates and the Queen’s estate in Deeside, was recently named the Scottish Gamekeepers Association’s Young Gamekeeper of the Year.
The award recognises the contribution made to responsible game management in Scotland by a young gamekeeper, ghillie, wildlife manager or ranger.
Greg entered the profession initially through a two-year programme at North Highland College UHI in Thurso. He is now studying for a National Certificate through the college while working at Balmoral.
Greg said: “Managing the countryside keeps everything the way it should be and helps maintain a balance. It is not just game birds. The work of gamekeepers is very important for other species. We have Black Grouse at Balmoral, for example.”