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Your access to the NCBI website at gov has been temporarily blocked due to a possible misuse/abuse situation involving your site.This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.By law, every trap has to be checked daily, no matter how remote the place or harsh the weather.We also run eight big cage traps for carrion crows, another major enemy of the grouse." It's often argued that good habitat alone will produce a wealth of wildlife, a view which Beaumont dismisses with a local example: "There's some good heather moorland to the south of us, owned by Sheffield City Council, but with no control over predators it's a wildlife desert." His point is echoed by Nick Parker, 37, the headkeeper at Mossdale Estate, near Kendal: "If we didn't get on top of the predators, there would be no ground-nesting birds of any type, game or otherwise," he says.I just manage two and Alan is left holding the unused gun.But he smiles and says, "Well done, sir, that's one to pick," as he marks the dead grouse 20 yards to our right.But while they are essential for successfully harvesting the grouse crop, they rely on their grouse keepers to grow it.
And grouse moors have protected large areas from conifer plantations and excessive grazing by sheep," he says."The Forestry Commission rangers used to control their foxes, but not any more.It's up to us." The public often misunderstands this war on predators and every keeper has a story of traps wilfully destroyed.And it comes in a stealth camouflage of copper-and-russet plumage, blending perfectly with the heather and golden bracken of the uplands.When they come scorching towards the butts, it's like facing a delivery from a West Indies fast bowler with a ball that's barely visible.