A group of 60 moorland owners, agents and keepers from the South Scotland Moorland Group visited the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project on Friday 31st May.
The event was organised so that managers could find out about progress on the core aims of the project – to bring back viable Red grouse shooting while maintaining a Hen Harrier population consistent with the aims of the SPA and SSSI. As part of the habitat improvement at Langholm, managers were also able to see the results of new techniques of heather regeneration, and how diversionary feeding of Hen Harriers in the spring and early summer has reduced grouse chick predation. Discussion also focused on the increase in Buzzards in and around the project area and the impact they are having on grouse during the winter, along with ravens in the spring. The South Scotland Moorland Group is one of the most active of the six regional Moorland Groups, regularly organising best practice training days for its members.