The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162618   Message #3871201
Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Aug-17 - 11:38 AM
Thread Name: BS: The (in)glorious 12th
Subject: RE: BS: The (in)glorious 12th
Grouse moors are highly managed. The heather has to be just so, otherwise no grice. They are very artificial habitats. In fact, much moorland is semi-natural only, vast tracts once having been afforested. There's concern about the erosion of exposed peat in many areas. Increasing temperatures and hot, dry spells are threats to peatland on slopes. Peat acts like a huge sponge, holding rainwater and releasing it gradually, which is what we want. Loss of peat would mean a lot more runoff, increasing the rate of erosion, and there would be more surface water flooding in heavy rain.