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Obituary: Professor Simon Thirgood

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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