In his recent letter, Professor Arthur Morris described grouse moors as ‘ecological deserts’. This is frankly untrue. Breeding birds such as lapwing and curlew have thrived on grouse moors as a result of the management undertaken there. Research has also shown mountain hares to be 35 times more abundant on moors managed for driven grouse. We are very lucky to have the majority of the world’s heather moorland - an internationally recognised important habitat - much of the upkeep of which is paid for by private money.
GWCT Press & Publications Manager