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all quiet on the moors

21st Sep 2017

All quiet on the moors


At the risk of sounding like Mark Avery, I will return to the moorland issue. As most will be aware, my wader work on the moorland edge brings me into contact with a moor now managed as a non-shooting area. The payback has been dramatic.


Recently I drove back and forth across the main moors, through moors that I surveyed a wee while ago in the Pennines, and then into the edge of the Lakes. Once beyond the non-shooting zone, we noticed a rapid drop-off of birds of prey of any sort. Obviously, at the start of  September, the season was on the cusp, but one might have expected a buzzard or two and maybe some ancillary corvids. All were conspicuous by their absence. There were some corvids in the in-bye land where tupping was occurring, but even here numbers (it was a couple of warm, balmy, days with light winds) were low. On the N Yorks moor edges we have clearly come to expect a range, and numbers, of species far in excess of the managed moors.


The recent paper in Scottish birds by Thompson and Wilson on the dearth of species on Scottish moors suggests that the problems are not just a local issue in the Pennines and N Yorks areas.



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