From time to time we provide downloads of publicly accessible documents detailing work undertaken by Scotland's Moorland Forum or any of our partner organisations.  Links to information and reports of projects and inquiries from associate organisations will appear here.


The Story so Far... ~ Working for Waders Annual Review, March 2021

Managing Moorland for Birds of Prey and Red Grouse - The final report of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project Partners 2008-2017 (October 2019)


After discussion at the Forum Meeting on 2 November 2018 the following response to Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 - A consultation draft was submitted on behalf of the Forum.


A response to the Grouse Moor Management Group Stakeholder Questionnaire was submitted on behalf of the Forum on 19th September 2018 based on recent and planned activities of the Forum.

Understanding Predation Report (2016)

SNH, GWCT, SL&E Position Statement (2014)

Position on large-scale culls of mountain hares to reduce louping ill

Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report 1022

Developing a counting methodology for mountain hares (Lepus timid) in Scotland. (January 2018)


Scottish Wildlife Trust

SWT Policy - Living Landscapes in the Scottish Uplands


Building connections between land users in the Cairngorms National Park and researchers in the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme (June2017)

SNH Report

Improvement: SNH's engagement with the Moorland Forum (2011)


Member's Briefings

Phytophthora (2013)


Task Group updates:

Guidance on Electric Fencing and Access - 10 April 2012


Forum Publications


Upland Solutions Project (2011)

The Final Report was presented to the Minister for Environment, Stewart Stevenson, MSP, by Lord LIndsay on 14 July 2011 and the Minister kindly agreed to provide a Foreword to the Report.  The final versions of the full report and the Summary and Supplementary Reports are now available to download.


Visit the Upland Solutions page for further information.


SNH's "The Changing Nature of Scotland"(2011)

Chapter 34 : "Prospects for the Future : the Uplands in Peril or Thriving" which written by Lord Lindsay and Simon Thorp

The entire volume will be made available in sections to download as a pdf from the TSO website.


Renewable Energy Report 2009

Guidance on Electric Fences on Moorland 2009

Carbon Management for Moorland Managers 2009

Best Practice Guidance on Ecological Survey Work in the Scottish Uplands (2008)

Task Group Reports 2008

The impact of predatory birds on waders, songbirds, gamebirds and fisheries interests. A Report to Scotland's Moorland Forum - May 2005 

The Principles of Moorland Management (June 2003)

-  Further References  (21 kb)

Scotland's Moorland Forum: The Nature of Change (2002)


Other downloadable documents



Bird Atlas 2007-2011

GWCT National Gamebag Census

GWCT Waders on the Fringe (2010)

The Distribution of Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus) in Scotland (2006/07) SNH Commissioned Report No 278:

The conservation status and management of mountain hares (2008) SNH Commissioned Report No 287

Timing of Breeding of Moorland Birds (BTO Research Report No 362) (2005)

Red Grouse and the Tomintoul and Strathdon Communities



Natural England: a review of upland evidence (May 2013)

NTS Moorland Management Guidelines 2010


SAC Report : Farming's Retreat from the Hills (2008 and 2011)

NFUS Manifesto for the Hills (2008)