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1578: Upland waders flourish on managed grouse moors

This paper is summarised from a press release from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: “The golden hand of gamekeepers ensure golden plovers flourish on grouse moors” This refers to a paper about the GWCT’s Upland Predation Experiment published in the Journal of Applied Ecology

Year of Publication2012

The breeding success of curlew, golden plover and lapwing was three times better when predators such as foxes and crows were controlled on the moor by gamekeepers, while elsewhere in comparable habitat they continue to decline in numbers or are absent entirely. Medicated grit’ reduces potentially lethal infestations of the strongyle worm and improves grouse breeding success.

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