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  • Disease control on grouse moors

    Q: What veterinary interventions are used on grouse moors?A: Diseases are controlled in livestock (most often sheep) and in red grouse on moors. In both animals the parasites controlled are internal worms and external blood-sucking ticks. Though the two species share the same tick species, the in...

  • Conservation on grouse moors

    Q: What are the primary reasons the GWCT supports grouse moor management?A: There are three main reasons: The habitat management undertaken on grouse moors preserves and enhances heather-dominated habitats. The package of management, notably habitat enhancement along with predator control, contr...

  • Strongylosis control in red grouse

    Contents Download this guide Download as PDF » Introduction Strongyle worms: biology, life cycle and effects Worm counts Reducing worms Summary Introduction The cause of regular crashes in the numbers of red grouse has been of considerable interest for many years to those involved with ...

  • Driven grouse shooting

    After spending 46 years researching and advising in the uplands, we support grouse moor management for three primary reasons: The habitat management undertaken on grouse moors preserves and enhances heather-dominated habitats. The package of management, notably habitat enhancement along with pre...

  • Grouse shooting

    Q: What are grouse and where are they found?A: There are four species of grouse in Britain: the red grouse, the black grouse, the ptarmigan and the capercaillie. Capercaillie are a protected species with fewer than 2,000 individuals in a few pine-dominated Scottish woodlands. Like the capercailli...

  • Red grouse and cryptosporidiosis

    Q: Do wild birds carry disease-causing parasites?A: Yes. We expect to find parasites across all wild bird species; some live on the skin and feathers, while others are found inside them (for example, we know that wild grey partridges can carry up to 21 species of parasitic worm). Many of these pa...

  • Is it time to ban driven grouse shooting?

    Q: Is discussion of a ban on driven grouse shooting simplistic?A: Yes. Firstly, it ignores the wider conservation, employment and economic benefits of moorland managed for grouse; and secondly, it fails to address why there are so few hen harriers on the 50% of the suitable habitat not managed fo...

  • Upland predator control

    Q: Why is predator control necessary?A: The modern world has created an environment where generalist predators thrive to the extent that they can seriously impact on the status of a wide range of vulnerable species, especially ground-nesting birds, such as red and black grouse, lapwing and curlew...

  • Creating woodlands for black grouse

    Size of woods Download this guide Download PDF » Depending on a woodland’s size, its use by black grouse may vary. Large woodlands could be used for breeding and small woodlands predominantly for winter feeding and avoiding predators. Planting and restructuring should therefore consider t...

  • Mountain hares and red grouse

    Q: Where are mountain hares found?A: Mountain hares are native to Britain, and used to live across the country, but the introduction of the brown hare in Roman times led to the retreat of mountain hares to the uplands. Mountain hares can feed on heather and other moorland plants, while the brown ...

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