Mountain Hares close to extinction on NE Scotland grouse moors

That paper on Mountain Hares summed up by its title, abstract and in two graphs: Title: ‘Seven decades of mountain hare counts show severe declines where high-yield recreational game bird hunting is practised‘ by Adam Watson and Jeremy Wilson, published in Journal of Applied Ecology. Abstract Recreational hunting is widespread and can benefit nature conservation…

Mountain hares (not) on Scottish grouse moors

Do you remember this video (above) about the killing of Mountain Hares on grouse moors? And this photo of a Mountain Hare leveret caught in a trap …   …and this one of a truck load of dead Mountain Hares on a Scottish grouse moor…   Today the RSPB released the following press release of…

Labour: It’s time to end grouse moor practices that harm the environment

Sue Hayman, the Shadow Environment Secretary has called for an end to rotational heather burning and an independent review into the economic, environmental and wildlife impacts of driven grouse shooting. ‘Driven grouse shooting uses intensive land and wildlife management to create a false environment in which grouse flourish. Natural habitats and ecosystems are managed in…

Really thunderous Findlay

  There are many thunderous supporters of Findlay Wide’s thunderclap that will echo out on 12 August. Supporters include the RSPB, RSPCA, Wildlife Trusts, Chris Packham, Caroline Lucas MP, Natalie Bennett, Nick Miles, Birdwatch, Birdguides, Rare Bird Alert, Birders Against Wildlife Crime and lots and lots of others, as you can see by the numbers…