Patrick Laurie

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I’ve been working as a freelance journalist for eight years, covering a range of topics relating to moorland management, sport and upland conservation.

With a particular interest in gamebirds, my 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.

I now work closely with the Heather Trust, promoting integrated and sustainable moorland management for agriculture, sport and conservation. My particular area of interest continues to lie in the conservation of upland bird species, a subject frequently covered in my columns for the Shooting Gazette and Shooting Times magazines.

Having adopted many guises since 2009, this blog now operates as a day-to-day diary of my 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 the introduction of cattle, the project has expanded still further and threatens to spill into new areas.

As part of my work, I travel widely across the U.K., building a picture of moorland management from Wester-Ross to Bodmin Moor. In recent months, I have presented several talks on game conservation and continue to be a passionate advocate for sporting management in the uplands.

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11 thoughts on “Patrick Laurie

  1. Marco

    Hello,
    I am a hunter Italian, I’m 33 years I wanted to congratulate you. Your blog is really nice. I wanted you asked advice, I will be January 22 at Arbroath to hunt woodcock …. do you think will there be? I heard that almost all have flown to Ireland. I’ll have my chances?
    Thank you for your kind reply and pardon my English

    1. Hello Marco,
      Thanks for your message. It’s hard to say for certain where the woodcock will be by the time you get to Scotland, but it looks like they are mainly along the west coast at the moment. The weather is being very harsh, and the birds are always unpredictable, but I’m sure that there will be plenty for you to shoot at. Even on a bad year, there are always woodcock, so don’t despair…
      I hope you have a great trip,
      Patrick

  2. Patrick–this is quite an ambition and a worthy one, I might add.
    I have no advice, as I have no experience with such an enterprise but to say–“do not let the naysayers and curb your appetite for such success”.

  3. Graeme Dalby

    I am Project Manager for the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project. Should you want to have a look over there at some stage, just let me know.

  4. Mike Groves

    Hi Patrick,
    Out of interest I left a comment regarding your blog – White on Target a couple of weeks back. Could you kindly clarify why it was deleted?

    Regards from Mike.

  5. Just wanted to say well done for taking on such a project. I have been lucky to grow up with grouse and started working with/for them when I was 10 years old. All these years later and I still never take these wonderful birds for granted. All the best with your project and keep up the good work.
    All the best,
    Duncan

  6. Hi, what a delight to stumble across your blog. I too have similar interests, although am coming at them from a slightly different angle. I will follow your blog with interest and may, with your permission, keep in contact…albeit electronically. I am hatching a plan that I am hoping will help a group of estates revive local moorland…a huge challenge but no more than the one you have set yourself.

    With best wishes
    Howard

  7. Steve Carver

    Patrick,
    Just been having a browse through your blog which I’ve read with interest. As a frequent hill-goer with an interest in wildlife and landscape, I’ve begun to notice more and more in the press, as well as on the hill, conflicts between land managers and conservation bodies (though groups like the Heather Trust, GWCT and Songbird Survival appear to be bridging the divide). One thing I have noticed myself has been the apparent increase in the use of traps (Fen and Larsen) in an attempt to control vermin species. Perhaps, I’ve just become more observant in my old age and notice them more, but is this paralleled by an increase vermin like crows, stoats, weasels, raptors, foxes, and if so why are these species on the rise?
    Regards,
    Steve

  8. Richard Eckton

    Have a look at Ruffled Feathers blog, Mid Wales bird ringing, Curlew curtain call, Ground nesting birds recovery project. I would like to say
    how much I enjoy reading your blog

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