GWCT Director Scotland Dr Adam Smith welcomed the launch of a Moorland Review undertaken by a sub-group of SNH’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
“Scotland’s moorlands are a fabulous national asset; often they are identified as the most distinctly Scottish of habitats. As wild places that are maintained by the active management of people, their dynamics are complex. They typically rely on private investment to maintain the characteristics that make them home to some increasingly rare species such as wading birds. Yet they face important challenges to their integrity from public policy and, indeed, some land management decisions.
“Developing a vision for what is a sustainable moorland is a major task that confronts us. The evidence is often there for what makes individual moorlands deliver many important public benefits, and what can damage them. GWCT Scotland looks forward to helping draw together this knowledge and share it with those who set policy and invest and manage land so we can all enjoy moorlands into the future.”
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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. We employ 22 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.
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