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American author Rachel Carson documented the devastating effects of pesticides on the environment in her book Silent Spring. Now, just over 50 years since its publication, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) looks at this seminal work and tracks how the work of the Trust has heeded Carson’s cogent warnings.
Gamebag records have been recognized as useful population indicators by British biologists for over a century. Analyzing bag records and taking five- and ten-year averages provide comparisons of performance between moors, the ability to assess the implementation of management practices, such as heather burning (muirburn), and a window on the cyclical pattern of grouse diseases like strongyle worm.