29 January 2020

Programme for GWCT grouse conference confirmed

With the future management of Britain’s moorland being debated, experts are gathering to discuss what happens next at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s North of England Grouse Seminar run by the Trust’s Upland Team.

The event, held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate on Wednesday 4th March, will cover many of the key issues facing our uplands – from heather burning and peatland restoration, best practice use of medicated grit, through to conserving hen harriers and curlew. 

If you have a passion for grouse or a love of Britain’s moors, this is the place to hear about the latest research and policy – direct from the people who know. Research staff from the GWCT will be joined by experts including Dr Beth Wells of the Moredun Research Institute, who has dedicated her career to improving the understanding of an array of parasites, including strongyle worms for farmers and grouse managers alike. 

GWCT staff including Director of Upland Research, Dr David Baines, Dr Adam Smith, David Newborn and Dr Sonja Ludwig, who will be summarising the 10-year Langholm Moor Demonstration Project.

David Baines has been working in the uplands for over thirty years and notes: “Seldom will there be a greater crossroads for grouse moor management. Attend the GWCT Upland Team’s seminar and learn about recommendations to Government regarding future management, even licensing, of Scottish grouse moors. Raptors, heather burning, and medicated grit are all placed under the spotlight. We ask is this the end of an era and, if so, what would happen to vulnerable birds such as the curlew?”  

Attendees will also hear directly from Natural England’s Head of Wildlife Licensing Reform, Brad Tooze, about their position on heather burning and blanket bog restoration and further discussion on peatland management from Dr Andreas Heinemeyer, Associate Professor at the Stockholm Environmental Institute, University of York. 

Tickets are available for just £40 and can be booked here.

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Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. 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.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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