The Scottish upland research staff of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) hosted 16 Edinburgh University students last week while on a field trip to find out more about the workings of a grouse moor.
The undergraduates who are studying a conservation management module, were taken by the GWCT to Auchleeks Estate near Bruar where they saw examples of good moorland management and discovered more about the GWCT’s research into black grouse and commercial forestry.
Leaving with a wealth of on-site information and useful reading materials, the students then went on to visit other areas of the Cairngorms.
Caption: The Edinburgh University students get close to nature when listening to an on-site presentation by David Howarth (far right) and Patrick White (second right) of GWCT.
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The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats and we lobby for agricultural and conservation policies based on science. We employ 14 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse. For Information, contact: Katrina Candy – Media and Education, Telephone – 01738 554822; Mobile – 07736 802144 www.gwct.org.uk