An Influx of Pheasants onto the Moors

🤔 And the Game Keepers have been wondering why more and more pheasants have been sighted on the moors………………

As you can see in the photos the 2 pheasants which have been opened up show a staggering amount of beetles.

I’m not sure this is classed as a varied diet.

The explanation we have come up with is the fact that the North York Moors have been hit in large patches by Heather Beetle.

Heather Beetle is a widespread and common insect species found across Britain. The larvae feed on the leaves of heather plants, stripping them bare and damaging the health of the heather.

Unfortunately as it is the larvae of the Heather Beetle that strips the heather then the efforts of the pheasants are sadly too little too late.