Extensive land management with carbon & renewable power generation at Logie

Without consciously thinking about it, policy on an upland rural estate has always involved “environmentally friendly” management. Historically both our livelihood and that of others on the estate has come from extensive livestock farming, forestry and field sports – activities which, sensitively managed, tend to give at least as much back to the land as they take out.

As understanding of the effect of unrestricted fossil fuel consumption on the environment has increased, attention has turned to the part that “renewables” – resources which, responsibly used, provide energy without depleting the environmental bank balance – can play in providing the energy needed to make modern society function. These resources, wind, water, sun, sea and some crops – can all be harvested and as the technology to do so develops opportunities arise for new business ventures.

In 2009 a consultant from Napier University looked at our natural resources and suggested what options we might have for developing power generation.

Hydro Power

Although the Findhorn and Divie rivers run through the estate, both are relatively inaccessible and wild in nature as well as having important geological formations and plant colonies. We decided that hydro power was not a viable option.

Wood Power: Biomass

Woodland has always been a major feature of the Moray landscape and the county is justifiably proud of its reputation for growing high class timber. The best timber comes from woods which are regularly thinned to give the trees space to grow and the thinnings give us excellent material for converting into woodchip fuel.

In 2012 we installed a 195 kW woodchip boiler which now provides for all the heating and hot water needs of Logie Steading, Logie House and 5 cottages. Imported oil and electricity have been replaced with a locally produced, renewable fuel.

For every tree harvested at least one, and often more, are planted.

Wind Power

Several areas of the estate were identified as having likely potential for wind generation and after some detailed investigation we installed a single, medium sized 55kW turbine in 2012. We have gained valuable experience in both construction and operation.

Experience with this turbine encouraged us to look at a larger scale windfarm and we joined forces with Muirden Energy, an Aberdeenshire firm who have expertise in wind projects, in 2011. Following extensive survey and pre planning work a formal planning application was lodged in early 2013 and planning permission for twelve 2.3 MW turbines was granted in April 2014. The wind farm has been built in partnership with Muirden Energy, keeping as much as possible of the economic benefit flowing from both construction and operation within the local area.

The wind farm was commissioned in March 2017 and was officially opened by the children of Logie Primary School and Douglas Ross MP later in 2017 with a ceremonial planting of trees at the site.

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Energy & Environment

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.