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GWCT - The Moorland Balance Report

In the eyes of country sports followers, driven grouse shooting is the supreme challenge, the most blissful joy. To its foes, however, it represents all manner of things they recoil from: they believe that they see simply rich men in antique fancy dress killing wild creatures for their amusement, in a setting that should properly be the playground of raptors and hillwalkers.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) seeks to use scientific research to demonstrate that what urban visitors perceive as wildernesses in a state of grace are, in truth, landscapes that demand expensive management for the benefit of all wildlife.

This report has been prepared to clarify just how much is, and is not, known about the sustainable management of our uplands. The GWCT, a research and education charity conducting this essential conservation science, is well placed to help inform this debate.

For over 80 years they have been researching and developing game and wildlife management techniques and have had 135 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals on issues relating to upland ecology over the past 46 years.

On the basis of their scientific expertise and credibility, they regularly provide advice to such statutory bodies as Defra, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England. They also provide practical advice to farmers and landowners on how to manage their land with a view to improving biodiversity.

To read the full report - click here

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Posted: 11 Oct 2017

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