Is that a fire beater or a white flag? Grouse moor management under fire in this long article in today’s Guardian.
Simon the gamekeeper says;
Without burning you wouldn’t have the grouse estates: you would have bogs, you’d have rushes and nothing elsehttps://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/01/its-become-them-and-us-battle-to-burn-englands-moorlands
…in a way that almost makes it sound as though he isn’t keen on bogs – aka our biggest carbon stores.
I’m sure Pat Thompson didn’t say what he is quoted as saying about Red Kites.
And, as usual, the moorland managers claim that any wildlife is down to their efforts but that they have nothing to do with the black holes for raptors. Funny that – that wildlife that existed for thousands of years before even a gun was used to shoot Red Grouse is apparentlyignored but the scores of cases of wildlife crime are… well, I’m not sure what they are supposed to be.
It’s a balanced read, because it gives everyone a say, even though the moorland managers dig themselves a deeper hole with their own words.