The assertion that moorlands are being, or have been, drained for grouse shooting purposes is misleading (Labour calls for review of grouse shooting on eve of ‘glorious 12th’, August 12).
Moorland is not, and has not been, actively drained for over 30 years in the UK. When some moorlands were drained from the 1930s to the 1980s, it was almost all done under government subsidy for improved grazing for sheep production, or tree planting, not shooting.
In the past 10 years, thousands of hectares of moor, misguidedly drained under these agricultural schemes, have been re-wetted by and with the help of grouse moor managers. This moorland restoration also starts to correct damage to peat caused by pollution from the Industrial Revolution.
GWCT research shows that moorland managed for grouse supports nationally important populations of upland waders such a curlew, golden plover and lapwing, which are more than three times as likely to raise a chick on these areas than on an area not managed for grouse.
GWCT Director Policy Scotland
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