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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