New blog exposing grim reality of grouse moor ‘management’ in Scotland

There’s a great new blog that’s well worth following: UPLAND EXPOSURE

Written by two professional ecologists, the blog offers an insight to the grim reality of upland management in the Scottish Highlands, and has already provided evidence of the disgraceful ‘management’ practices of driven grouse moors, including the erection of mountain hare-proof fences across the moors, ‘designed to split up mountain hare populations making them easier to eradicate because immigration of other hares is stopped’.

This photo is taken from their blog. It’s a ‘stink pit’ (or midden) containing the decomposing bodies of mountain hares. These stink pits are used to attract foxes and other predators, which are then killed in snares and added to the pile of rotting corpses. The photo was taken on the boundary of a grouse moor and forest near Inverness.

hare stink pit via UplandExposure

21 thoughts on “New blog exposing grim reality of grouse moor ‘management’ in Scotland”

  1. The trouble is the judiciary back the land owners and they run a closed shop. Short of another Fench revolution on these soils the status quo will remain.

  2. Thanks for alerting me to “Upland Exposure”, and congratulations to them for creating the blob. Long may continued exposure of ‘poor management’ be published and illustrated along with “raptor persecution” and all other forms of wildlife crime.

    Collectively we’ve a critical mass of grassroots community able to be the eyes and ears on the ground (be it Scotland or England), then the network to make best use of the information. Just a shame that the authorities are not as robust in their duties?

  3. Thanks for pointing this out. It is disgraceful. Come on Nicola. Get this Land Reform Bill done now!

  4. I used to pass a “stink pit” frequently in a patch of woodland near Shinfur on the Millden Estate, Glen Esk a number of years back. Everything from deer to mountain hares, corvids and black backed gulls used to get thrown in. They had surrounded it with a collection of branches hacked from the woodland and littered the area with free running wire snares which would catch any scavenger or animal attracted to investigate the smell which was overpowering. I frequently saw a wildcat in this area too. It was an indiscriminate form of killing. A disgrace to both Scotland’s ecology and animals in general. ,

  5. Can’t recommend upland exposure enough – what a fantastic antidote to all the bullshite issuing from the mouths of driven grouse shooting supporters. All showed the anomaly of regular pollution of river Nairn being ignored by anglers who instead continue to blame predators for poor fish returns. Big thank you to those behind UE.

  6. I cannot get on to upland exposure any more ,it just puts me onto another upland exposure site ! Anyone else having same problem ?

  7. Don’t know if it’sthe same problem you encountered Brian but yes, for some bizarre reason we are greeted with: This Web page is parked for FREE, courtesy of

    Someone nobbled them? Or technogremlins again?

    1. Yes, I noticed this yesterday and I still can’t access the UE site today. Anyone know what has happened?

  8. Worrying that such an excellent site has vanished. I just hope that it can be resurrected, and that they have not been pressurised to stop.

  9. It seems that they may have had a Facebook page as well, but that too has gone! If anyone can shed any light on this…….

  10. It really pains me to say this but I am sure most of the locals know who is doing this and are keeping their mouths shut because they make money from it in some way. The only way I can think of to make them change their ways is to hit them where it hurts, in their wallets. If we ‘wildlife lovers’ get together and boycott those parts of Scotland and England where these despicable practices continue maybe they will see the error in their evil ways and find a more respectable way to live.
    Im boycotting Glenshee, Braemar, Royal Deeside, Newtonmore, Kingussie and the Angus Glens already, when I find more offending places they will be added to that list. I really love those places and visit them a lot but that stops now. They are getting no more money from me.

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