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,