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Factcheck: Is 75% of the world’s heather moorland in the UK?

What The Science Says website checks out another claim:

Claim: 75% of the world's heather moorland is in the UK

This figure is widely quoted by many interested parties, holding different views about the management of such environments:

  • Ecologist: Grouse Shooters Thrive on Heather Moorlands

  • Climate News Network: ‘Amazon of UK’ being destroyed for grouse shooting

  • The Moorland Association

  • Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust: How much upland heather moorland is in the UK?

  • BASC: Grouse Moor Landscape

The assertion was recently challenged by Dr Steve Carver on his blog.

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