New Revive coalition report offers alternatives to environmental devastation of Scottish grouse moors

Yesterday the Revive coalition published a new report detailing the scale of animal suffering on Scottish grouse moors (see here).

Today the coalition has published a second commissioned report, outlining alternatives to Scottish grouse moors that could help tackle climate change, increase biodiversity and benefit Scotland’s people.

Authored by Dr Helen Armstrong, an ecological consultant specialising in sustainable land management, the report can be downloaded here: A Better Way_Revive Report

This report, along with the Untold Suffering report, will be discussed at Revive’s Parliamentary reception at Holyrood tomorrow and hard copies will be distributed to every MSP.

Sev Carrell has an exclusive on the latest report in today’s Guardian here which includes a quote from Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland. Discussing the  potential findings of the forthcoming Werritty report, Richard says:

Licensing [of grouse moors] would be welcome but we would like to go further than that, by promoting a much more comprehensive move to more sustainable land use”.

The article also includes a quote from Sarah-Jane Laing, the chief executive of Scottish Land and Estates, the grouse moor owners lobby group.

Sarah-Jane said, “Such land management [grouse moors] is funded privately and without management for grouse it is likely that the motivation for many of these benefits would disappear”.


She’s obviously ‘forgotten’ about the Cairngorms Connect project, a partnership of neighbouring land managers committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park.

She’s also obviously ‘forgotten’ about what’s going on at Langholm, where the local community, with the help of crowdfunding support, is planning a buy-out of the knackered old grouse moor to turn it in to a species-rich nature reserve to benefit local people, nature conservation and tourism (see here, here and here).

If you support significant reform of Scotland’s grouse moors please sign Revive’s call for change here

7 thoughts on “New Revive coalition report offers alternatives to environmental devastation of Scottish grouse moors”

  1. Scottish Land and Estates have also forgotten, when saying that the land management is funded privately, that huge payments come from government to each of these areas. the proposals by Revive would presumably qualify in future by providing public good, which is hard ti justify for use as grouse moor.

    1. Well said Alex!! I just read the Guardian article and the drone from the grouse shooter’s side made a reference to the fire service thinking muirburn could reduce fire risk. Well damp strips of riparian woodland at the side of beaver dammed streams would be pretty bloody good at that as well as significantly reducing flood risk to homes, businesses and real farmland downstream. They are getting desperate!

  2. I’d like to suggest that Revive consider making hard copies available to buy. Some of us have difficulty reading whole pages on screens. I’ll hazard a guess that buyers wouldn’t object to ordering and pre-payment, to avoid uncertainty for Revive.

  3. The Forestry Commission manages the ‘open forest’ heathlands of the New Forest for less than annual per hectare agricultural payments payments in the uplands. There is extensive expertise now in cutting and baling heather – the RSPB are using it at Geltsdale which overall looks like a living,operating example of how the uplands could be. Baled heather has been a brilliant tool for blocking artificial drains in peatland but it can be burnt for energy, too. Speaking as a forester, trees ARE great – but they don’t need to be pushed too far up the hill, – the higher moors are for Golden Plover, Dunlin and Hen Harrier + the top scorer is carbon, and building peat remains better than growing trees, especially at the upper limits – there’s lots of room for trees lower down, from where they’ve been excluded by unbalanced landuse policy – and where most of the land has been drastically improved & stripped of much of its open ground wildlife value over the past 30 years.

    1. Biodiversity in other words REWILDING! Trees should be allowed to grow up hills as far as they are naturally able. ACW.

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