Patrick Laurie has been working as a freelance journalist for seven years, covering a range of topics relating to moorland management, sport and upland conservation.
With a particular interest in gamebirds, Patrick’s 2012 book The Black Grouse looked in detail at this endangered species in the Southern Uplands and across the U.K. This was the first book ever published on the subject and has received praise from a number of leading publications and commentators.
Patrick now works closely with the Heather Trust, promoting integrated and sustainable moorland management for agriculture, sport and conservation. His particular area of interest continues to lie in the conservation of upland bird species, a subject frequently covered in his columns for the Shooting Gazette magazine amongst others.
Having adopted many guises since 2009, this blog now operates as a day-to-day diary of Patrick’s ongoing project to improve a run-down upland farm in the Galloway hills to the advantage of black and red grouse, hill partridges and wading birds. Since January 2016, the blog has been expanded to incorporate a related project to explore and understand the practical mechanics of conservation grazing with the purchase of a small herd of galloway cattle.
As part of his work, Patrick travels widely across the U.K., building a picture of moorland management from Wester-Ross to Bodmin Moor. In recent months, he has presented several talks on game conservation and continues to be a passionate advocate for sporting management in the uplands.
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