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Moorland study centre bid tabled

Red grouse. Picture courtesy of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
The project aims to show red grouse and hen harriers can co-exist

Plans have been put forward to create an education centre linked to a major moorland conservation project.

The proposals would see the conversion of the former tourist information centre in Langholm which has lain empty for about 10 years.

The site was originally gifted to the town by the Duke of Buccleuch.

Now Buccleuch Estates wants to buy it back from Dumfries and Galloway Council in order to lease it to the Langholm Initiative as an educational base.

The proposed centre would be linked to the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project which was launched in the area in 2007.

It is examining whether red grouse and hen harriers can co-exist on the same land.

The aim is to operate a commercially-viable game-shooting area while conserving the raptor species.



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