Isla Hodgson is absolutely right to say that efforts to resolve the conflict between hen harriers and grouse moors (Talking point, April 2019) have so far focused on two areas: diversionary feeding and legislation. The ten-year Langholm Moor Demonstration Project suggests, to us, that we now need to test new approaches such as the one being trialled by a consortium of interests in England to manage young harrier broods, so they can thrive alongside economic grouse moors. Interestingly, cultural attitudes to this trial are also being monitored. Finding a practical solution is important to the hen harrier because in the words of RSPB, ‘management of land for grouse shooting has protected upland areas from the worst of over-grazing and blanket conifer plantations whilst generating income for upland communities and forming a uniquely British form of cultural land use’.
Director of communications GWCT
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