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Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:03:24 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-20762343

That's just Galloway and just kites.

OK, it's an estimate and one must be cautious,  but don't forget that game bird shooting lobby "estimates"  put grouse shooting  at a mere £20M for  the whole of Scotland. It would seem that economically raptors are worth far more to Scotland's economy than killing game birds.

Let's hear it for the raptors and organizations like the RSPB whose efforts have made this economic windfall possible.  :D
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Re: Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 08:50:57 PM »
Aye and at the same time hats off to the other great and smart Galloway development bringing economic benefit to local business and communities, the Forestry Commision's Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway

[PS I cannot wait to get a chance to visit the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory recently opened on the  Craigengillan Estate, near Dalmellington on a hill above Loch Doon on the northern edge of the Forest Park http://www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk/]
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Re: Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 02:36:11 PM »
Always very tricky to put figures and valuations on these things.
Grouse at £20m per annum and about approx £3.5m per annum for Galloway kites?? If a visitor happens to be in the D and G area this could be something they would visit but are their holiday visit costs being attributed to the birds. We have a large red kite population around us in Perthshire and a feeding station that has been there for many years. I have no knowledge of tourism values being claimed for this nor for places like the Black Isle.
I think if all event and attraction "claims" are added up for a year across Scotland they could well total more than the tourist industry. For the New Year does Edinburgh truly achieve fresh extra spending of £XXX or does money going to be spent anyway for the New Year just make a location move? Very hard to tell.
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Re: Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 03:13:17 PM »
Great fun statistics eh?
Put that story a different way and the Trail is worth 5.5p per day to the population of D&G.
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Re: Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 03:20:43 PM »
Great fun statistics eh?
Put that story a different way and the Trail is worth 5.5p per day to the population of D&G.

Indeed and using the same logic  it follows that grouse shooting is worth a mere fraction of that to the population of Scotland!   :lol:
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Re: Galloway Kite Trail spending 'worth £33m'
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 10:56:57 PM »
Aye and at the same time hats off to the other great and smart Galloway development bringing economic benefit to local business and communities, the Forestry Commision's Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway

[PS I cannot wait to get a chance to visit the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory recently opened on the  Craigengillan Estate, near Dalmellington on a hill above Loch Doon on the northern edge of the Forest Park http://www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk/]

I like the sound of that observatory, pity its so far 'down there' long way to go and return after a nights visit... I went to the one in Stirling and it was fascinating - but the night we booked turned out to be cloudy... Always meant to go back..

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