Great example of the multitude of wildlife seen on a managed grouse moor

These photos are an excellent example of the variety of birds that are seen and living on our moors that are managed for Grouse shooting.  Charlie one of the gamekeepers on Bransdale estate invited his friend and photographer Jonathan McGee to bring his camera and have a walk around the moor with him while he was checking his traps (for stoats).  The variety of birds captured in just the 1 hour while they were out is brilliant, just imagine if they’d been walking on the moor all day!

The following photos show 8 different bird species and they can be split into 3 categories.


Red Status (Highest Conservation Priority) :

Lapwing and chicks

      

Curlew

 

Amber Status (Species with unfavourable Conservation status) :

Snipe                                                                                    Meadow Pipit

                     

 

Greylag Geese                                                                     Oyster Catcher (great photo taken through a gap in the wall)

                      

 

Green Status (species that occur regularly) :

Wheater                                                                              Golden Plover (breeding pair)