Henry’s Tour Day 29: occupying another grouse butt

Fri 15 May Copy

Henry’s still in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and today he visited the Grinton Estate in Swaledale as his search for a potential mate continues.

Apparently HRH Prince Charles has shot grouse here.

The Grinton Estate is owned by Lord Peel, a former President of the Game Conservancy Trust (now known as GWCT).

In 2001, Willie Peel was quoted in a Telegraph article: “I say, let’s have more hen harriers, but we want the freedom to control them so that they don’t decimate the grouse“.

No hen harriers were to be seen on Henry’s visit. In fact no raptors were seen. But there were plenty of grouse shooting butts to mess around in.

Henry left a nice gift in one of them.


2 Responses to “Henry’s Tour Day 29: occupying another grouse butt”

  1. 1 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    May 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I have lived a long time, and am still confounded as to why some people have to shoot birds and animals. Why children are brought up to be blood sports enthusiasts baffles many. It is not one for the pot to feed a poor rural family; it is being part of a pseudo-sport that is determined to dominate our British landscape and take trips abroad to kill wildlife.

  2. 2 Val Badger
    May 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I do so agree Mr Hart (always like your responses on this page!). We were on holiday in Yorkshire recently and had a walk on one of the grouse moors – incidentally an SSSI (contradiction in terms I feel) and much made on the interpretation panels of the success of ground nesting birds etc etc … After several hours walking we’d seen 2 lapwing, one curlew, a couple of pipits and HUNDREDS of grouse – said it all really!

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