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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • The reasons provided to support a ban on driven grouse shooting

    You are a vegatarian or vegan   Few vegetarians and vegans have a wish to enforce their chosen lifestyle on anyone. It is odd to single out driven grouse shooting in a country that kills 700 million 32-day-old chickens each year and imports a similar number from as far away as Thailand.   ...

  • Is fox control important?

    Q: Why is fox control important for the conservation of our game and wildlife?A: Wild ground-nesting birds like black grouse, partridge, lapwing and curlew are particularly vulnerable to predation by foxes, as are brown hares. Several of these are species of conservation concern; others are game ...

  • Predation control and conservation

    We believe that effective predator control must be rational, achievable, proportionate, focused and humane. Our research suggests that predation can be a common limiting factor for breeding success for many species in the UK, especially where there is limited habitat extent, quality and connecti...

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