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

Haworth Moor gamekeeper interviewed over illegal animal traps

The future of grouse shooting on Haworth Moor has been brought into fresh doubt following a gamekeeper being interviewed for animal cruelty. A gamekeeper for the popular beauty spot has been interviewed by the RSPCA on suspicion of not complying with the Spring Traps Approval (England) Order 2018. This follows him tending to two animal … More Haworth Moor gamekeeper interviewed over illegal animal traps

Police search Haworth Moor in wildlife crime probe

A popular West Yorkshire beauty spot has been searched by the police and RSPCA during an investigation into animal cruelty. Officers from West Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA searched Haworth Moor, which is owned and leased out for grouse shooting by Yorkshire Water, on Thursday, 13 June. The investigation follows intelligence on alleged wildlife crime … More Police search Haworth Moor in wildlife crime probe

Day of action! Campaigners show Yorkshire Water it must pull the plug on grouse shooting

From Harrogate to Sheffield and Hebden Bridge to Whitby, local campaigners this weekend took action in 17 towns and cities across Yorkshire in a coordinated day of action. Their message was clear: Yorkshire Water must pull the plug on grouse shooting. Campaigners held signs, handed out tens of thousands of leaflets and asked customers to … More Day of action! Campaigners show Yorkshire Water it must pull the plug on grouse shooting

125,000 urge Yorkshire Water to ban grouse shooting

Over 125,000 people have signed a petition urging Yorkshire Water to ban grouse shooting on moorland across the region. Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors, which started the petition, says wildlife is being eradicated and peatland damaged by burning on the company’s land to boost red grouse populations for shooting. Investigations by campaigners on 8 of … More 125,000 urge Yorkshire Water to ban grouse shooting

Yorkshire Water: animals trapped to ‘protect’ game birds

Wildlife is being killed in traps on Yorkshire Water moorland to preserve red grouse for shooting, the company has admitted for the first time. The acknowledgement was made in a statement to customers who raised concerns about wild animals being trapped, snared and shot by the company’s grouse shooting tenants. Gamekeepers on Yorkshire Water’s leased … More Yorkshire Water: animals trapped to ‘protect’ game birds