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'Bio-diversity Incarnate'

Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in an upland environment, but should you visit the uplands at this time of year you may encounter curious rhythmic bubbling and strange gushing sounds that announce the unmistakable presence of black grouse; arguably the most charismatic of our upland birds. Males habitually gather on traditional sites known as ‘leks’, to perform their elaborate pre-nuptial courtship display, where each attempt to exert a dominance in the arena, jousting and fighting, in a bid to attract the most females (greyhens) for mating. To witness this ancient dawn ritual is one of the most spectacular and memorable experiences in birdwatching. The black grouse is neither exc

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