Case Studies

Bradford Metropolitan District Council is the last local authority in the UK to allow grouse shooting to take place on public land. Others, including Sheffield City Council and Peak District National Park Authority, already prohibit the practice on their moorland estates, having previously permitted it, and now maintain the land using other methods. 

Sheffield Moors Partnership

Purple heather in bloom at Houndkirk Moor.

The Sheffield Moors Partnership (SMP) was formed in 2010 to bring together landowners responsible for managing a large section of the Peak District National Park, which includes several former grouse shooting moors. This includes North Lees / Stanage Estate, owned by the Peak District National Park Authority, Burbage, Houndkirk and Hathersage Moors, owned by Sheffield City Council and Blacka Moor, owned by SCC and managed by the Sheffield Wildlife Trust. 

The Sheffield Moors area shares many of the features and challenges which face Ilkley Moor. Its land ownership is comprised entirely of local authorities and charitable conservation bodies which have succeeded in restoring habitat and achieving a section of uplands rich in wildlife.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Nesting hen harrier can be seen at Clyde Muirshiel from April to August.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park (“CMRP”) was formed in 1947 to bring together 108 square miles of countryside, which includes areas formerly managed for grouse shooting. The park is maintained under local authority control by a Joint Committee comprised of Councillors from Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire Councils.

CMRP shares many of the features and challenges which face Ilkley Moor. Its land ownership is comprised entirely of local authorities and, alongside conservation partners, it has succeeded in restoring habitat and achieving wildlife biodiversity.

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