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RSPB calls for a ban on peatland burning: why?

There are many reasons to loathe the grouse shooting industry: it’s built entirely around the shooting of wild birds (Red Grouse) and the trapping/snaring of vast (unrecorded so no-one knows just how vast) numbers of native predators (from mountain hares and foxes to mustelids and corvids); it’s underpinned by wildlife crime that is provably crushing populations of raptors on grouse moors (especially Hen Harriers and Golden Eagles); and it depends on the regular burning of blanket bogs and peatland to promote the growth of young heather (the grouse feed on young heather shoots and this damaging practice has been taking place for more than 150 years now). Now the RSPB has called for a ban on burning in the uplands. Why is that? Hopefully the following will go some way to explain…

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York Council to ban burning on grouse moors

This is turning into a ‘join-the-dots’ good news story, as York Council has now joined the Mayor of Doncaster and Calderdale and Wakefield Councils in proposing an end to grouse moor burning and pushing Defra to impose a ban that has been in the offing for years. As the numbers of grouse on each moor has exploded (as estates seek to make as much money as possible by cramming as many grouse onto the moors as they can) columns of smoke have become as much a part of the moorland landscape as mammal traps and ‘keep out’ signs. Does that really matter? It really does….

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Calderdale Council votes to support ban on moor burning

It’s been a disastrous year already for an industry that has long been associated with wildlife crime, environmental damage, and ad hominem attacks on ‘animal rights extremists’ (or as we know them, ‘people who care about wildlife’). And it has been entirely of their own making. Recent developments in Yorkshire certainly won’t have helped the mood. On July 16th it was announced that Wakefield Council had banned moor burning, and today, according to a press-release from the grassroots organisation Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors, they’ve been joined by Calderdale Council. Interestingly, Calderdale covers the notorious Walshaw Estate…

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Wakefield Council backs a ban on grouse moor burning

According to a very welcome press-release from Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) Wakefield Council has joined the battle to save the county’s peat moors from being damaged for grouse shooting. There are numerous ways to achieve the end of grouse shooting. Changing public acceptance of the mass slaughter of wildlife by shooters is one. Calling out the seemingly endless wildlife crime that underpins grouse shooting is another. And denying the shooters the land or the ‘right’ habitat to practice their sordid hobby is another…

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Press release: Grouse moor burning season closes with prospect of ban

“Voluntary efforts by the government to dampen down grouse moor burning have gone up in smoke with hundreds of fires deliberately started on Yorkshire’s iconic moorlands this season…on top of driving vulnerable wildlife from its moorland home, burning on sensitive peatland degrades ecosystems, releases climate-altering gasses into the atmosphere and worsens flooding and wildfire risk.” Luke Steele, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors

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Grouse shooting over as moorland burning banned?

An article in today’s Observer is titled ‘Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors’. The headlines don’t tell the whole story of course: the ban is not wholesale, it applies to large areas of moorland in England but not Scotland (where heather burning is also commonplace), and landowners have not banned heather burning for good but have said that their tenants are ‘no longer allowed to burn heather routinely’. This, Charlie Moores writes, may not be the end of driven grouse shooting, but it’s certainly the begining of the end of it.

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Sheffield Council says “grouse moor burning must end”

Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors is reporting that Sheffield Council has backed an end to heather burning to save the region’s peat moors from being damaged for grouse shooting. In a statement the Council has called for the environmentally-damaging practice to stop to help tackle climate change and allow Sheffield to become carbon neutral by 2030.

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Yorkshire Water to change the way it manages its land

Campaigning organisations Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the League Against Cruel Sports have welcomed a commitment from Yorkshire Water to change the way it manages its land. Instead of automatically renewing the leases for grouse shooting, the utility company – Yorkshire’s largest landowner – will instead review each one to decide if grouse shooting will be allowed to continue.

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