Haworth
nature

Home Contributors Contact Links Wallpaper Search
 News
 Local Community
 Annual Events
 Out and About
 Local History
 Nature
 The Brontes
 Steam Railway
 360° Panoramas
 Tourist Information

Nature Menu
Amphibians
Birds
Butterflies
Dragonflies
Fungi
Geology
Insects
Mammals
MiniBeasts
Moths
Plants
Spiders
Time Lapse Photography
Timelapse Tutorial
Weather
Nature Diary
Gardening Diary
Monthly Pictures




Red Grouse




Red Grouse - April - Haworth moor


Red Grouse

A reddish brown bird, picture is of the male which has red wattle over the eyes.

Grouse are classed as a gamebird and are allowed by law to be shot at certain times of the year. Shooting begins on the "Glorious Twelfth" of August and finishes on the 10th December.

To encourage Grouse some parts of moorland are managed by burning small areas of heather in strips. This prevents the heather becoming old and lank, Grouse need a mixture of young shoots for food and older deep heather for nesting. Burning is done from October to mid April ideally when the heather is dry, the peat is wet and a constant breeze.

The plant is burnt without damaging the roots and the heather produces new shoots and seed germinating faster. On the aerial photograph here... which was taken in the summer when the heather was flowering you can see a "mosaic" patchwork, evidence of strip burning.

You can find Grouse on certain areas of moorland, you are more likely to hear their alarm call "kwok-kok-kok" as can be difficult to spot, flying off if approached.

Length 40 cm




haworth-village.org.uk 2001 - 2017


tracker