Professor Thirgood was known for his groundbreaking research into the ongoing conflict of managing moorland for driven grouse shooting and the conservation of birds of prey.

His Langholm moor-based research culminated in a landmark publication, Birds of Prey and Red Grouse (1997), which was co-authored with Professor Steve Redpath.

The GWCT’s Dr Nick Sotherton worked closely with Professor Thirgood when he was a lead scientist on the Joint Raptor Study from 1992 to 1997. He told Shooting Times: “While he was with us, he emerged as an exceptional scientist who combined natural fieldwork skills with a thoroughly analytical approach to the science.”

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