Yorkshire Water’s top conservation partner speaks up about moorland damage

Yorkshire Water’s top conservation partner has condemned environmentally-damaging practices on the water company’s moorlands leased for grouse shooting. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – which heads the Yorkshire Peat Partnership with Yorkshire Water in a bid to restore some of the region’s most vulnerable upland habitats – has raised concerns with the utility business about the considerable … More Yorkshire Water’s top conservation partner speaks up about moorland damage

Burnt, drained and persecuted: Yorkshire Water grouse moors exposed

Widespread environmental damage has been inflicted on internationally-important moorland leased by Yorkshire Water for grouse shooting, with campaigners warning this is set to increase with the burning season now getting underway. Heather moorland is being set on fire to control habitat to increase game bird populations for the guns. Large sections of threatened peatland habitat … More Burnt, drained and persecuted: Yorkshire Water grouse moors exposed

Yorkshire Water sell-off poisoned by grouse shooting woes

Yorkshire Water’s policy of allowing grouse shooting on its land has damaged its purported ‘environmentally friendly’ credentials at a crucial time, claim wildlife campaigners. The utility business, which is launching an imminent bid to replace its two largest shareholders, has been contacted by over 15,000 members of the public during the summer calling on them … More Yorkshire Water sell-off poisoned by grouse shooting woes

“Choose wildlife or grouse shooting,” campaigners tell Yorkshire Water following key meeting.

Yorkshire Water is being told to choose between having wildlife or grouse shooting on its moorlands across the county, following a key meeting with Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the League Against Cruel Sports. The appeal comes as the utility company launches its five year plan this week, which sets out a roadmap for … More “Choose wildlife or grouse shooting,” campaigners tell Yorkshire Water following key meeting.

Campaigners urge Yorkshire Water to drop grouse shooting during Bank Holiday weekend of action

Yorkshire, UK – Campaigners have held a weekend of action in four Yorkshire Coast towns as part of a campaign urging Yorkshire Water to stop leasing moorland for grouse shooting. Yorkshire Water – one of the region’s largest landowners – is being urged to stop leasing moorland for grouse shooting, with over 1,000 people signing … More Campaigners urge Yorkshire Water to drop grouse shooting during Bank Holiday weekend of action

United Utilities enforces stink pit ban on leased grouse moors

United Utilities has actively enforced its newly-adopted policy which prohibits the use of stink pits – piles of rotting animals, laid by gamekeepers to entice opportunistic wild-animals into awaiting snares – following discovery of one of the heaps of carcasses on a moor leased by the company for grouse shooting. The positive action was prompted … More United Utilities enforces stink pit ban on leased grouse moors

Labour calls for public inquiry into grouse shooting, as Yorkshire MPs back a ban.

Yorkshire, UK – The Labour Party has called for a public inquiry into grouse shooting, following growing pressure from regional MPs who are backing a ban. The move has been strongly welcomed by campaigners, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors. The Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Sue Hayman … More Labour calls for public inquiry into grouse shooting, as Yorkshire MPs back a ban.

Hebden Bridge protest urges Yorkshire Water to drop grouse shooting

Hebden Bridge, UK – Nearly 100 campaigners protested in Hebden Bridge on Saturday lunchtime to urge Yorkshire Water to drop grouse shooting from moorland across the region, on the day before the season opens. Carrying placards which read “Yorkshire Water: End Grouse Shooting”, nearly 100 campaigners from Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors (BBYM) and the … More Hebden Bridge protest urges Yorkshire Water to drop grouse shooting

Animals left to rot in traps on moorland leased for grouse shooting by Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water is facing growing calls to stop leasing moorland for grouse shooting because of considerable damage to wildlife and the environment, including decomposing animals being left to rot in jaw-like traps on Stanbury Moor, West Yorkshire – one of thirteen owned by the company on which grouse shooting is permitted (photos available here, here, … More Animals left to rot in traps on moorland leased for grouse shooting by Yorkshire Water

United Utilities launches snares review

Warrington, UK – United Utilities has launched a review into snaring across its leased estate following pressure from customers, shareholders and wildlife campaigners. United Utilities has launched a review into the use of fox snares on its leased estate, which includes a number of areas used for grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting across Lancashire, Derbyshire … More United Utilities launches snares review