Then look no further than Chris Townsend’s latest blog about the Eastern Highlands, complete with photographs, here.
As Chris says, “A savaged, stripped, blasted land“.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Moorland Group (part of Scottish Land & Estates and chaired by Mr Leadhills himself, Andrew Hopetoun), has submitted a briefing note in preparation for a forthcoming meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. This meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th June and will be discussing the newly-published report from the Land Reform Review Group (we blogged about it here), which places some focus on the future of Scotland’s massive sporting estates.
According to the Scottish Moorland Group’s briefing note, Scottish grouse moors provide the following:
- Land-based businesses working with nature to contribute more to Scotland’s prosperity; and
- Responsible stewardship of Scotland’s natural resources delivering more benefits to Scotland’s people.
Yes, that’s really what it says. In fact there are seven whole pages of this guff. You can read it for yourself (pages 23-30): RACCE_Meeting_Papers_04_06_2014
Funnily enough, there’s no mention of the rampant and illegal killing of raptors that has been taking place for decades on these moors, so much so that it is having a population-level impact on several species, especially the golden eagle and the hen harrier. You don’t get population-level effects from a few one-off poisoning incidents – it has to be killing on an industrial scale to have this sort of effect….