Moor myths - our letter in The Times

Rod Liddle lets a story get in the way of the facts when writing about grouse moors (Comment, last week). Rather than being a “desolate moonscape”, they are the last refuge of some of our most endangered wildlife.

Our peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that management practised on these moors benefits a range of rare species including mountain hares (35 times more abundant on ground managed for grouse), lapwing and golden plover (whose numbers were shown to drop by 81 per cent when grouse management was stopped).

Joe Dimbleby
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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