Alex Thomson, Chief Correspondent at Channel 4 News is on a bit of a roll.
In May he did a cracking report on the illegal persecution of birds of prey on grouse moors across North Yorkshire (see here).
Yesterday he did a cracking report about why the Langholm community is having to raise £6 million to turn a knackered grouse moor in to a nature reserve.
You can watch the seven minute film here and it really is worth your time.
Here’s how Alex describes the film on the Channel 4 News website:
‘You could call it a highly ambitious grassroots project – a group of Scottish villagers in Dumfries and Galloway is hoping to raise more than six million pounds to turn the UK’s most famous grouse moor into a new ten thousand acre nature reserve.
The land currently belongs to the Duke of Buccleuch, the second largest private landowner in Britain.
This scheme has revealed how far the vestiges of feudal land ownership are still very much alive today‘.
Once you’ve watched the film, which features a cameo role for land reform campaigner and Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman, you might want to have a read of this blog (here) written by Andy back in 2014. It puts the current situation into context, somewhat.
Regular blog readers will already know about the Langholm Initiative’s crowdfunding campaign to try and raise the money to buy this tiny piece of Buccleuch’s massive estate (e.g. see here, here, here, here, here and here). There was also an interesting article published in The National last month by Dr Lesley Riddoch (see here).
If you want to contribute to the crowdfunder please click here.