MOOR FACTS

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I read with de­light in a na­tional news­pa­per that re­searchers at Durham Univer­sity an­nounced that the keeper­ing teams on grouse moors have con­trib­uted to the in­crease of wildlife on moor­land. If Chris Pack­ham read it he might have choked on his break­fast.

I have been go­ing to Wem­mergill Moor for the past 12 years with my HPRS to count pairs in March and broods in July. I have seen the re­sult of the con­ser­va­tion work done by the grouse keep­ers on this moor, owned by Michael Can­non.

The keeper I first met there was Andy Page. He has a wealth of knowl­edge of not only the game, but also the ecol­ogy of the moor­land and the in­hab­i­tants. They make my jour­ney of more than five hours small sac­ri­fice to have the priv­i­lege and plea­sure of be­ing there. I have seen an in­crease year on year of curlews,

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