Grouse shooting industry suspends burning season following major blaze on Meltham Moor

Grouse moor burning season was prematurely ended today after industry bodies requested members stop the practice. It follows more than 200 hectares of rare blanket bog being damaged in a major blaze on Meltham Moor, West Yorkshire, on Monday when planned grouse moor burning got out of control. Such burning is meant to remove old … More Grouse shooting industry suspends burning season following major blaze on Meltham Moor

Meltham Moor grouse shoot breaks DEFRA agreement on burning, sparking major blaze

Dramatic images have been released by a wildlife protection organisation showing the devastating impact of a major fire on Meltham Moor (available here). Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors published the video footage and photographs — showing more than 200 hectares of damaged rare blanket bog habitat — following planned grouse moor burning getting out of … More Meltham Moor grouse shoot breaks DEFRA agreement on burning, sparking major blaze

Government urged to deliver moorland burning ban following Yorkshire floods

Environment campaigners are warning that Yorkshire’s moors are no longer acting as effective flood barriers for the region following decades of burning for grouse shooting. It comes as Yorkshire counts the cost of the third major floods to have hit the region in seven months, with torrents of rainfall having flowed from the Pennine Hills … More Government urged to deliver moorland burning ban following Yorkshire floods

This year was a good year for ending grouse shooting ⁠— here are 10 of the biggest wins

Anyone who has picked up a newspaper this year can’t have failed to notice that when it comes to protecting the environment, the times are a-changin’. As realisation dawns on decision-makers that our county’s degraded uplands must be restored, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors has found growing momentum is on our side. Week in, week … More This year was a good year for ending grouse shooting ⁠— here are 10 of the biggest wins

Progress made to tackle intensive game bird shooting in North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park Authority has voiced concerns over the increased disruption being caused by the intensification of game bird shooting. In a letter to Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the North York Moors Moorland Monitors, the national park’s Chief Executive, Andy Wilson, outlined fresh steps being taken to tackle the problem, … More Progress made to tackle intensive game bird shooting in North York Moors National Park

Gamekeeper trespass thwarted by landowner interventions

Gamekeepers trespassing on conservation areas have been thwarted by the intervention of wildlife-championing landowners in Nidderdale. Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors became aware this spring of repeated trespass attempts by gamekeepers in the Thruscross and Timble areas of the Washburn Valley dating back to 2018, including the suspected setting of self-locking snares in Hanging Wood. … More Gamekeeper trespass thwarted by landowner interventions

Yorkshire Water commended for tightening up grouse shooting rules

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 – which is Yorkshire’s largest landowner – will instead review each one to decide if … More Yorkshire Water commended for tightening up grouse shooting rules

Government prepares to end blanket bog burning on grouse moors

Burning blanket bog is set to be ended on Northern England’s moors under new legislation being prepared by the government. Zac Goldsmith MP, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), announced the decision to legislate to stop the environmentally-damaging practice⁠ — widely used by grouse moors to engineer optimal game bird breeding … More Government prepares to end blanket bog burning on grouse moors

Yorkshire Water faces official investigation over grouse shooting

Yorkshire Water is facing a formal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over its refusal to disclose the number of red grouse shot on its land. The investigation has been prompted by an official complaint lodged with the ICO by Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors and the League Against Cruel Sports, after Yorkshire Water … More Yorkshire Water faces official investigation over grouse shooting