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Action Countryside - Welsh moors crisis

The uplands of Wales once supported the most productive grouse moors in the UK as well as abundant populations of other birds. It was to the moors of Wales, not the North of England, that the Edwardian "big Guns" travelled to shoot red grouse.

However, since the last war almost half of the heather cover in Wales has been lost. Unfortunately, since the 1990s, owing to disease, overgrazing and, from the remaining moor owners' perspective, a lack of support from conservation agencies, grouse management has been all but abandoned and, with it, upland bird populations have crashed alarmingly.

This Action Countryside paper details what happens when organisations set rules in the name of conservation, nature and the subsequent effect on the indigenous bird populations.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2014

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