Moorland muddles

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  1. Very positive thoughts and provides some solutions to negative press releases. Without [management for] grouse, lapwing, curlew and golden plover plummet. The moor becomes a desert to birds in need of our intervention and becomes a home to fox and corvids: this has been proved time and again

  2. Rob,

    Interesting article, thank you.

    Would I be correct in saying that the when keepers were taken off the JRS moor the reason the harrier numbers fell was because the moor no longer had a man made and un-natural number of grouse on?

    How does the failure of red grouse breeding at Langholm over the 7 years compare to other moors (keepered and not, locally and nationally) for the same period?

    Kind regards

    1. Thank you William. The decline in harriers post the JRS seems to have been due to a number of reasons – not just the decline in grouse nos If interested, worth buying the hard copy version of the report or just found this pdf of it

      As noted in the report, it was very hard to compare with other moors due to so many variables – not just Langholm being perceived as an ‘island moor’ surrounded by sheep and forestry.

      1. Rob,

        Thank you for your reply and your suggestions on follow up reading. I shall look into with interest. A very complicated issue but one of the biggest issues the countryside faces today (current Covid situation excepted).

        Best wishes

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