What is Deer on the Doorstep

Who is behind Deer on the Doorstep?

Writer & Photographer Linda Mellor

Linda Mellor

Linda Mellor created Deer on the Doorstep in March 2020. The idea was inspired by local deer. Linda created a platform to share her experiences of living and working in a remote location. Furthermore, for the website to act as viewing platform of life on a remote sporting estate in Scotland through the seasons. No stranger to wildlife and the outdoors, Linda is an established photographer and freelance writer, with a specific interest in deer, namely Roe and Red.

Deer Stalker Richard MacGregor

Richard MacGregor

Deerstalker Richard MacGregor has been based at Corrievarkie for 20 years. Involved in countryside management since leaving school, Richard has spent more than three decades managing deer, and 12 of these years working with ponies. Outdoorsman Richard enjoyed competing in gun dog tests with his spaniels, clay pigeon and game shooting. He is also a keen wildlife and landscape photographer.

Why Deer on the Doorstep started?

It was inspired by a herd of red deer stags during the 2020 winter. A number of stags would regularly appear near the house. One stag in particular developed a habit of looking in the windows. Early morning was a popular time for the stag to visit, and he rarely missed a day. He was named ‘Pointy Pete’ on account of his long points at the top of his antlers, making him instantly recognisable.

Pointy Pete

What is Deer on the Doorstep?

Deer on the doorstep essentially promotes Linda’s work and deer stalking on Corrievarkie. DOTD is a blog style account of living and working in a remote location in the Scottish hills. The website contains written comment, wildlife observations, points of view, shared experiences, and interviews. In addition to written content, the site contains images of wildlife, and remote Scottish landscapes throughout the seasons. The website wholeheartedly supports deer stalking and features stalking stories and photography. From time to time, some book recommendations will be listed.

Where is Deer on the Doorstep based?

Deer on the Doorstep is based on the remote Corrievarkie estate close to the Perthshire/Inverness-shire border. The 5,800 acre Corrievarkie sporting estate is part of the Benalder Estates.

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