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The Great Moorland Conflict.

A week or two ago I took my Explorer Scouts on a walk up Win Hill and Lose Hill. A great walk if you fancy it, taking in Mam Tor as well. 637 more words


Forest Lek

Regular readers of this blog will understand my wholesale antipathy to woodland and particularly sitka spruce trees when it comes to black grouse conservation. I have ranted and railed against trees for several years, blaming them (quite rightly) for the loss and fragmentation of large areas of heather moorland across the Southern Uplands. 1,046 more words


On North Yorkshire - Day 3 - North York Moors

I’ve got this thing about landscape and resonance and connection, and the call of the moors is as strong as that of the sea. I want to go and walk, and listen, feel, look, … 860 more words


The Struggle

Spring training with Mason isn’t going well. At all. For my birthday I asked for a classic dog training book. I read it and felt even more inspired. 83 more words

Grouse And Woodcock Hunting

Birding in Algonquin Park (Ontario Part 2)

The rest of the time I spent in Ontario was spent in and around Algonquin Park. This is an amazing park which is great for winter finches and boreal specialties (especially the “big four” which are black-backed woodpecker, spruce grouse, boreal chickadee, and gray jay). 1,346 more words


A Grouse

So, whilst up in the highlands earlier this week my brother and I went on a long bike ride alongside the river. We spotted a grouse by the edge of the track so stopped to take a picture thinking that it would probably just fly away. 104 more words


Fever Pitch

Although it is silly to be too precise on such an imprecise and controversial subject, I always feel that the number of greyhens visiting the leks tends to peak between the 16th and the 18th April – at least, that is always the general impression I get in Dumfries and Galloway. 216 more words