Curiouser and curiouser!
The story so far; Ian Botham claims that there is work done by Newcastle and Durham Universities which shows that there are birds on grouse moors, but Newcastle University researchers won’t release the report as the analysis isn’t completed and the report was just for the funders of the study. Who were the funders? Newcastle University researchers won’t say who are the funders.
It now emerges that various universities were approached by a PR company (although see below) called Dawn Driscoll PR late in 2016 with a view to carrying out this work.
The work is funded by grouse moor owners.
So we have a number of universities tapped up by a PR company acting on behalf of a bunch of grouse moor owners. Not exactly normal practice is it?
GWCT scientists must be thrilled that their community now gets its research via a PR company approaching academics and dangling money under their noses.
The strange thing is that Dawn Driscoll PR Ltd was dissolved in August 2016 and yet someone called Dawn, using an email of firstname.lastname@example.org, was soliciting research proposals into December 2016.[registration_form]