A Scottish farm will use part of a cash grant to erect rabbit and deer-proof security fencing in order to protect the preparation of new woodland.

Jason McCran, of Rosemay Farm in Leadburn, has received £87,800 from the Scottish government's Rural Priorities fund to go toward the project, the Midlothian Advertiser reported.

Animal-proof security fencing will be erected around the site so that the planting of woodland hedges can go on unhindered.

Mr McCran told the newspaper: "The grant is important. The work couldn't be justified entirely because of the size of the farm. The planting will significantly increase the setting value of the area.

"It is quite open and flat. Trees have been removed in the past. All we are doing in reinstating existing lines of mature trees."

Recently, a set of lizards in Dartford were protected by reptile fencing when they were transferred from a sewage works to that redevelopment work could take place.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800299092-ADNFCR