It’s no grouse for dogs as they help with trust survey
AS THE Glorious Twelfth passes, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust highlights importance of pointing dogs for its scientific work
Pointing dogs are an essential part of the trust’s team when it comes to carrying out both the Spring and Summer grouse counts.
In Scotland the trust has up to eight dogs working in the Highlands, and more at Langholm Moor in the Borders. The trust in total has around 20 dogs working across the whole of the UK.
Dr Kathy Fletcher, Senior Scientist, Scottish Upland Research with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said: ‘ We need the dogs for our surveys, helping us in the Spring to count pairs of red grouse, and then in the Summer to assess how well the species have bred – in particular red grouse, black grouse and capercaillie. These surveys also give us huge insight into the health of our moorlands and into other species that need a healthy heather habitat to thrive.
‘Our dogs, predominantly English Pointers and Irish Red Setters, will cover around 20 km per day, five days a week during our most intense periods of survey activity.
‘They locate the birds in cover, and ‘point’ to where they are by freezing – head up, tail out and one foot slightly raised. ‘
The Trust is currently running a fundraising campaign with a target of £10,000 to cover the costs of all its pointing dogs for one year. More information can be found at: https:// www.justgiving.com/ gwctpointingdogs