I want a thriving uplands. Can you see my head? Just. An ‘iconic’ upland bird found only in heathery spots in the UK. Humans strive to manage habitat and control predators so that I produce good numbers to be flushed wild to the gun. Contrary to what you may hear, work is in progress on improving practices. My background is as complex as the hill farmer behind me, the curlew below and the hen harrier overhead. All our upland futures are vital in these uncertain times; wildlife under pressure and threat of land abandonment by humans.
Sometimes we can’t see any of the ‘public benefit’, birds or humans for the heat generated around some issues. There was much debate at the Game Fair . There will be more to come in finding solutions to peace treaties, not war, in the uplands.
Back story: Rise above partisan prejudices.