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End Driven Grouse Shooting – An Update

Written by: Doug
Published: 10th June 2016, last updated: 7th October 2018

The National Trust has delighted conservationists all over the UK by ending the Grouse Shooting lease on the Peak District National Park.

The image below was posted by Raptor Persecution UK in April.  They (and anyone else who can see!) stated their belief that it showed an armed, camouflaged man lying in wait near a decoy hen harrier, presumably hoping to entice some raptors down within shooting range.

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Consequently, the Raptor Persecution group encouraged its readers to contact the National Trust with their concerns, as did Mark Avery who spoke at our Gathering in May.

And now, the National Trust have just issued the following public statement:
The National Trust has today given notice that the current shooting leases at Hope Woodlands and Park Hall in Derbyshire will end in April 2018.
The charity said it had taken the decision to exercise a break clause in the lease to end the relationship four years early.
Andy Beer, National Trust’s Director for the Midlands, said: “We have a clear vision for land management and wildlife restoration on the High Peak Moors, which was developed in full consultation with our tenants and other key stakeholders.
All our tenants have signed up to deliver to the vision and understand their responsibilities. We work very closely with our tenants and support, consult and discuss any issues relating to the plan on a regular basis.
However, in this case we have decided, after a meeting with the tenant, that we should revoke the lease four years early as it became clear that we could no longer have confidence that they were committed to the delivery of our vision for the land.
We have given the tenant 22 months’ notice and will start the process of looking for a replacement in 2017, when we will be happy to receive applications from partners who can demonstrate how moorland management and shooting can deliver great nature conservation in a way that is compatible with public access.
We remain committed to the High Peak Moors Vision. As with all our conservation aims, we review and evaluate progress periodically. When considering renewals of individual shooting leases in future we will take into careful account the extent to which our objectives have been met, in particular relating to increasing raptor populations.”
Jon Stewart, General Manager, Peak District National Trust

This decision could be seen as a game-changer for the publicly subsidised Driven Grouse Shooting industry, who have literally got away with murder for far too long.

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Comments on this post

  • Les Wallace
    11/06/16 - 10:38

    Technically nothing they’ve said here means they are definitely going to end driven grouse shooting on their land, but the intention seems implicit. Saying they no longer had confidence in their tenant is pretty strong comment for an official statement, that meeting must have been a cracker! Well done HT for highlighting what a piece of vandalism driven grouse shooting is. Well done NT too of course.

  • andrew. cotterill
    14/06/16 - 09:07

    Good. Let’s hope this is an end to it in other areas. Drainage of the moors above todmorden have lead directly to flooding in the Calder valley, endangering thousands of homes and thousands of livelihoods

  • Sylvia plummer
    14/06/16 - 11:03

    I think it’s despicable to deliberately breed creatures just to shoot them for fun.

  • TinyTeeda
    27/05/17 - 10:13

    I have just read an article in the May 2017 edition of the National Geographic Magazine. Much to my horror the article was in support of grouse shooting, advocating the sport’s cultural heritage and economic value to communities which support it.
    I quote “Scotland has lost more than 25% of its heathland since WW2”, and now most of the estates which still support it, are owned by foreigners. (pp94-95).
    We need more advocates against it, and more publicity. Please continue your good work.

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