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Waterfalls to waders – a successful Heather Trust Update Day

Updated: Jul 3

Landowners, keepers, managers, NGOs and many others joined us for an excellent day at the High Force Hotel and Moor House site in Upper Teesdale on Tuesday 25th June.

We were delighted to welcome almost 50 people to the event which kicked-off with dinner and ‘stargazing’ at the High Force waterfall the evening prior (not many stars but fascinating nonetheless!). The day itself began with presentations from Katrina Candy on the Trust’s priorities and strategy and Prof Rob Marrs who verbally painted the picture of the history of Moor House.

Heading out on to the moor, the group heard about the wealth of research which has, and continues to be, carried out on this unique site. Rob Marrs, Natural England’s Martin Furness and researcher Dr Dave Baines led the group through myriad of research projects with interesting findings – not least the breeding success of red grouse and waders on the moor, compared to other moors in the locality.

Following lunch back at the hotel, we enjoyed a lively heather burning presentation from Dr Andreas Heinemeyer and an interactive presentation by David Jarrett on the Trust’s own research project, Heather Futures. The event closed with Q&A led by Rob Marrs and thanks from our Chair, Viv Gill.


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