Our team in Field, River and Hill

Over the coming months we’ll be bringing you a series of guest blogs from influencers in the field of conservation, hunting, fishing, travel and lifestyle. This team of experts have a wealth of knowledge and a thriving community of fans, us being one of them!

We’ve been following them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a few years now and are delighted to have them onboard to help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary Fair.

We’ll be introducing them over the coming weeks but first up is Sam Thomson of Ardale Deer.

Throughout his career, Sam has seen his passion shift to encompass conservation as well as stalking. He has focused on learning as much about the mechanics of nature as possible. The knowledge and skills learnt while working in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the country have helped Sam form his understanding and desire to see our wild places and their inhabitants properly conserved and valued in the future.

Nature was an important part of Sam’s upbringing in the North of England, and having been fascinated with deer and the uplands since childhood, he studied Forest and Sustainable Deer Management at college and university. After studying, he worked as a gamekeeper on private estates and for Scotland’s first biodiversity accreditation scheme, before establishing Ardale Deer in 2016.

His passion for deer has led him all over Scotland, stalking with clients and guests or culling for estates. This has given him an understanding of both the animals and their environment and this leads his way of thinking. He has worked extensively with ecologists and conservationists from all over the world, specifically looking at ungulate populations and management, and has more recently spent time researching reintroductions and established populations of species now extinct in the UK.

Sam writes for a number of publications on conservation and deer stalking and uses social media to engage his passion with as large an audience as possible. You can follow him at @ardaledeer (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for an insight into his world as a professional deer stalker and conservationist. Sam is based in Strathglass in the Highlands of Scotland.