Studies find 81 species on three Scottish grouse moors, including eagles and hen harriers
By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
11:54AM GMT 25 Nov 2015
Scotland’s shooting estates are supporting a “vast range” of bird species, according to a study of three prominent grouse moors.
A total of 81 species have been found breeding or feeding on land managed by gamekeepers, with some birds that are in decline elsewhere apparently making a comeback on heather moorland.
The birds identified include golden plover, black grouse, ring ouzel, golden and white-tailed eagles, peregrine falcons and hen harriers. One estate also recorded a significant rise in cuckoo numbers.
A report by the Scottish Moorland Group looked at wildlife audits on three properties and forms part of the year-long “gift of grouse” campaign which is designed to highlight the benefits that moorland management delivers, according to those involved.