Home Ec - A side of venison

Deer-stalking was on the curriculum for a group of Highland pupils last week, when they visited Kinveachy Estate near Aviemore.

The pupils - 50 children from Deshar and Abernethy primaries - are involved in a project to increase their understanding of deer and their management, as well as the importance of using local produce.

They spent last Friday meeting estate stalkers and staff from the Cairngorms National Park Authority, the Deer Commission for Scotland and Highland Council.

Next month, chef Fiona Bird of Stirrin Stuff will visit the two schools and give a venison cookery and tasting session.

Alistair MacGugan, of the Deer Commission for Scotland, said: "The cookery and tasting session will give the children an opportunity to sample and enjoy the wonders of wild venison and having them out on the estate highlights where this food comes from."

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