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WELCOME

This is the website of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, a partnership between Buccleuch Estates, Scottish Natural Heritage, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Natural England.

More project details can be found here.

 

 

LATEST NEWS...

2014 Raptor Monitoring Report

The 2014 report on which and how many breeding raptors there were at Langholm this year is available here.

2014 grouse shooting season

There will be no grouse shooting at Langholm Moor this year; more here.

Hen Harrier Breeding Season Update: Summer 2014

The update on the 2014 Harrier breeding season including the final numbers of harrier chicks fledged can be found on the Raptor pages here.

Position Statements for project up to 2013

We have developed statements summarising progress to date. More details can be found here.

Media

We've been on BBC Springwatch...

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/biodiversity/springwatchhenharrierfeature.aspx

...and on ITV Border's 'Border Life' programme -

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2014-05-05/watch-border-life-episode-16-online-now/

April 2014

The spring grouse counts at Langholm suggested an increase in grouse density with the northern part of the moor in particular, holding good numbers.  The overall grouse density, across all areas, was 87 grouse per 100ha after 'distance sampling' corrections. Analysing data from both the counts and also the radio tracked birds, also suggest that the winter survival rates, while still low when compared to other moors, were better at Langholm than in the previous years. Details  can be found here.

March 2014

Our statement on the licenced raven control by Langholm Farms Ltd can be found here.

 

And finally...

It's time to assess the year.

Grouse counts are being analysed and discussed. Watch this space for an update on the counts and decisons on whether shooting will take place.

Red Grouse
   

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Upland moors of heather and blanket bog are important for nature conservation, landscape and recreation. Grouse shooting, as well as supporting the rural economy in the uplands, has helped to retain heather by holding back plantation forestry and, less successfully, over-grazing by sheep. Grouse moors are good areas for breeding waders like curlew and golden plover, but are poor for some birds of prey like the hen harrier.

On grouse moors breeding hen harriers can kill many grouse chicks and so they are still not tolerated on many moors, in spite of legal protection.

Langholm Moor was the main study site of the Joint Raptor Study (1992-1997) which measured the effect of hen harriers and other raptors on red grouse numbers. This study's report, and subsequent published research papers, document this.

Subsequently Langholm Moor became part of the Newcastleton Hills Special Protection Area (SPA) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which are notified principally for the hen harrier population.

The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project is a partnership between the moor owner, Scottish and English conservation agencies, and conservation and research charities. It is an outcome for Scotland's Moorland Forum and will link with the Environment Council discussion on reconciling bird of prey conservation with grouse shooting.

 
 
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Red grouse