One of the most difficult-to-explain-away aspects of Highland Titles’s online propaganda is perhaps how they have changed their story about the Glen Etive and Glen Fyne SPA for Golden Eagles.
In early 2011 Highland Titles proudly announced that the large increase of Australian buyers had enabled them to fulfill a long-lived dream of procuring a Golden Eagle sanctuary. They even set up a sign thanking their Australian supporters: Glencoe Wood extension Austraila. Note the misspelling of Australia. 🙂
Whereas Highland Titles’ most recent website version claims that this SPA was only leased for a year, the old website (which is unfortunately lost) contained a deliberately misleading text, referring to their “acquisition” of the land to make the public believe that the land was purchased (see also this post on their web forum to the same effect). Why else would Highland Titles emphasise that the land needed “to be taken away from the temptations of agriculture, commercial forestry and other exploitation and preserved, not only for the benefit of the Eagles that call it home, but for the thousands of other species that rely upon it”? A one-year lease would hardly make a difference in that respect, would it?
And in a publicity stunt in The Northern Star in April 2011 Alex Flewitt happily continued the misrepresentation that the sanctuary had indeed been purchased:
Even more disturbing is recent speculation that the lease too was only a fiction, as sources claim that the SPA was conveniently ‘moved’ from its original location to the property of friends of the Bevis family. Whether this be true or not, it is a fact that Highland Titles for whatever reason are either unable or unwilling to provide an accurate location of the SPA. You can read more about it in this thread on scots-titles where the poster vintagemood has made an excellent job of digging up discrepancies in Higland Titles’s (mis)representation of the Golden Eagle sanctuary (see for instance page 40 of the thread).