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  1. Mountain hare research: Speyside

    Article written by William Powell Country 24 August 2016

    Report on Mountain Hare research in Speyside Recently habitat loss, fragmentation (a reduction in the total area of a habitat) and over exploitation of mountain hares has put the population under threat, with a recent survey indicating a 43% decline Read the Rest…

  2. Fenn Traps: Legislation Change

    Article written by William Powell Country 16 August 2016

    Recent legislation changes to the trapping of stoats will mean that using Fenn and BMI Magnum Bodygrip traps as a way of stoat control will be illegal in the UK by July 2018. The AIHTS (The Agreement on International Humane Read the Rest…

  3. Gamekeepers respond to the call for the Curlew

    Article written by William Powell Country 08 August 2016

    PRESS RELEASE – July 2016 (Issued on behalf of The Gift of Grouse) GAMEKEEPERS RESPOND TO THE CALL FOR THE CURLEW The curlew is getting back on song on Scottish grouse moors. Scottish gamekeepers have been taking action to help the threatened Read the Rest…

  4. Heather Burning on Grouse Moors

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 14 April 2016

    To the uninitiated, heather burning seems a bizarre and rather environmentally unfriendly practice. However, it is essential for Moorland Management purposes, not only because heather is the staple diet of the Red Grouse and therefore these birds need a plentiful Read the Rest…

  5. RSPB ‘twisted data’ in a campaign against Grouse Shooting

    Article written by William Powell Country 24 March 2016

    Independent scientists have reported that the RSPB have misrepresented scientific evidence in its campaign against grouse shooting. In 2015 the RSPB put pressure on the government to take action on heather burning, which the RSPB named as a ‘damaging practice’. Read the Rest…

  6. Hit and Miss by Robin Page

    Article written by William Powell Country 20 August 2015

    Robin Page writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph about the British Countryside.  Robin lives on a small farm in Cambridgeshire which has been in the family for more than 50 years. Robin is an accomplished writer having published 31 books Read the Rest…

  7. Time for the truth about predators by Robin Page

    Article written by William Powell Country 07 March 2015

    It’s no use pandering to people’s sensitivities if we want to know the truth about life in rural Britain One of the biggest problems our wildlife and countryside faces at the moment is the lack of honesty and transparency shown Read the Rest…

  8. The Christmas Robin

    Article written by Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust 25 December 2014

    The Robin The bird most associated with Christmas is the robin, which features on so many cards at this time of year. It was back in the 1860’s that Britain’s favourite bird (as declared by the Times newspaper after a Read the Rest…

  9. The Hen Harrier Action Day

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 12 August 2014

    Three rallies were held on Sunday to highlight the lack of any significant number of Hen Harriers in England. These events were run in tandem with Mark Avery’s online petition calling for a ban on driven Grouse shooting. The weather Read the Rest…

  10. Does the shooting industry do more good than harm to Britain’s wildlife?

    Article written by William Powell 10 July 2014

    Does the shooting industry do more good than harm to Britain’s wildlife? Last Sunday’s Countryfile featured game shooting on the programme. A new study claims that the sport generates thousands of jobs and two billion pounds for Britain’s economy as Read the Rest…