Letter in today’s Guardian – Moorside

Marianne Birkby
Radiation Free Lakeland, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

Note: George in his Grouse article quite rightly exposes “astroturfing” but strangely omits to include nuclear. Nuclear is  prime culprit – the grandaddy of astroturfing from which all other industries have taken their cue.  George is  gaslighting when it comes to nuclear,  encouraging public amnesia of the depths to which the most extreme and nasty industry will sink.

Unfortunately the Grouse have far more to contend with than hunters.  In Cumbria Life magazine 20 years ago it was reported that: “The Red Grouse has escaped media attention but its almost exclusive diet of succulent heather shoots means that many birds will have concentrated Caesium in their bodies post Chernobyl. Work prior to the Chernobyl disaster established that the heather family, Ericaceae, could accumulate high concentrations of Caesium. Since then, surveys in the Lake District have revealed that one species of heather, calluna vulgaris, accumulates the highest Caesium burden.”

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