There are a growing number of private, public and charitable landowners which have ended grouse shooting on their moorland estates, having previously permitted it, and now maintain the land using other methods.
Sheffield Moors Partnership
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.
SMP members have succeeded in restoring habitat and achieving a section of the uplands rich in wildlife.
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
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.
Habitat restoration and wildlife biodiversity have successfully been achieved through partnerships with conservation organisations. The park subsequently plays host to healthy populations of many species, including stoats, ravens, hares, merlin, hen harrier, wheatear, meadow pipit and owls.