A new study, carried out by scientists from Newcastle and Durham Universities, has established that Grouse Moors are good for more than just Grouse - finding 76 bird species on the grouse moors including 43 endangered ones.
See an article in the Daily Telegraph HERE.
Curlews, which the RSPCA have said should be “considered the UK’s highest conservation priority bird species” are six times more prolific on moors with high levels of predator control than on unmanaged ones.
The RSPB, however, seems in this case to choose to ignore all of the benefits to the Curlew and other species in favour of concentrating solely on perceived problems with the Hen Harrier population.
And yet, this is the same RSPB which chose to walk away from the Hen Harrier Recovery Plan - an action that seems to have been more about what is popular or politically correct rather than what is best for the species involved.
Once again the prejudice of animal rights is allowed to outweigh the practicality of animal welfare.