100,000 signatures to ban driven grouse shooting!

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have” (Margaret Mead).


Massive, massive kudos to Mark Avery, who started this (3 x petitions ago!) and didn’t give up. Well done, Mark, and thank you.

Special mention to Chris Packham, who, like Mark, has endured months of disgraceful abuse and harassment from the grouse-shooting community, much of it played out in the national media. In the end, coupled with the continuing raptor persecution and subsequent denials, it has helped this industry’s fall from grace.

A quote from Chris this morning:

“In the end you can’t argue with science, you can’t argue with evidence, you can’t argue with the truth. And the truth is that people are fed up with this ‘tradition’, the injustice and the lies. One hundred thousand people just started to make the world a better place for wildlife and every single one of them will be remembered for that”.

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The petition is still open (until 20 Sept 2016) – HERE


61 Responses to “100,000 signatures to ban driven grouse shooting!”

  1. 1 Phil Lanczak
    August 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

    That is great news, I am sure the Hen Harriers would thank every single one if they could.

  2. August 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

    You are all working so hard to save our Wildlife and I send you much admiration and thanks for all that you do and achieve.

  3. 3 Les Wallace
    August 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Indeed what a stunning achievement, at a time when petitions on the internet areb two a penny was a bit counterintuitive to keep restarting petition over and over again, but by god it’s worked! There will be an awful lot of unhappy people on the grouse moors today!!!

    • 4 Michael Watts
      August 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      There are three countries in the world that top the list of being responsible for causing indigenous species extinction. First place is reserved for China, because they like to eat everything that moves, while having scant regard for wildlife and nature, which is manifest by their lack of animal welfare protection legislation. Second place is held by Australia, because immigrants from Britain and Europe insisted on introducing fox’s (to mention just one European species) for sport, along with rabbits, pretty much for the same reason. Third place is held by Britain. This, I believe, is partly due to the countries being made-up of islands, thereby preventing natural migration from the continent to replenish lost species, and just as significantly, because we hold on to a feudal land owning tradition that preserves so called traditional sporting pursuits, while denigrating any form of respect for wildlife and nature. It’s long overdue for a permanent change in attitude and activities.

    • August 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      If they had any sense they would now be begging for licensing but they haven’t and won’t.
      Bring on the ban.

      • 6 Jack Snipe
        August 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

        Sadly I suspect they soon will if they believe that the call for a ban has any serious chance of succeeding. I also suspect this is only the beginning of a long fight. Realistically, I don’t think there’s much hope of the ban happening until a Labour Government gets back into power, preferably a refreshingly socialist one led by Jeremy Corbyn. The Establishment are doing their utmost to thwart that possibility at present, mainly through the media, even our old “Auntie” BBC!

        Talking of BBC, they slightly admonished themselves on Countryfile tonight, in offering both sides of the argument instead of the usual sycophancy towards the romantic notion of the humble law-abiding gamekeeper. Mark Avery stood up very well against Andrew Gilruth (of GWCT), but one odd aspect of the interview on the moor, perhaps caused by poor editing, is that I didn’t notice any mention of the fact that shooting Hen Harriers is AGAINST THE LAW. It may have been mentioned early on in the feature, but not when it mattered during the head to head. I felt this might give the uninformed viewer the impression that Mark Avery was campaigning against something that was legitimate. It’s hard to imagine any other form of criminality being treated so even-handedly by the media. Think about it.

        I’ve got to say the timing of RSPB’s “alternative” proposition couldn’t have happened at a more unfortunate moment in the campaign for an outright ban on driven grouse shooting. Apart from the likelihood of being no more successful than current legislation, mainly due to the usual difficulty in policing and/or achieving a successful prosecution, it offers the shooting industry a get-out clause as a compromise between an outright ban or no change. In that sense it is competing with, possibly even undermining Mark’s petition (not deliberately of course). It was interesting to hear the BASC spokesman saying “shooting is fun, it’s great fun.” Obviously an ethical illiterate, though I suppose at least he was being honest about their true motivation.

  4. 8 Benjamin Ford
    August 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Well done to both of you. Thank you for all your efforts to keep the world full of life and diversity, so that my children can still appreciate this wonderful planet.

  5. August 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This sport has always reminder me of “The Somme”; birds driven in their thousands before waiting guns. It is a tradition that belongs to the 19th Century and any study of the wildlife record of that century is a study of a massacre of wild birds of prey and other predators that might compete with this controlled vision of nature as a servant and killing as “a sport”. This form of collective barbarism culminated in the extinctions or near extinctions of native species; the Red Kite, the Goshawk, the Sea Eagle, the Polecat and Pine Marten. A history of “countryside management” that has to include the theft of ownership of the land and our rivers, for all these great estates were once substantially commons and their proprietary ownership moved from common to private land in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The same families own them still. Thus our salmon were once a key source of winter protein for all upland people; it is now a species that is the preserve of the rich titled “gentry” that define their exclusivity by ownership and define its preserve for “sport”. It is important to understand that their ancestors stole these estates by driving commoners off land; all of or country was once nearly all commons; and this was taken from the people through the Acts of Enclosures. There is no John Clare to record this pitiless class history of our uplands; it includes genocide in The Glens and mass emigration from Wales and of course Ireland. This sport is on land that was once common.

    • August 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I agree completely, the poor could never afford lawyers so the rich got everything as they still do.

    • August 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Its not a “tradition”…. its a “Victorian” invention. We need to claim back the language. Driven grouse shooting deserves every pejorative inflection that can be brought to bare. The warm language is ours.

      • 12 crypticmirror
        August 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

        Worse than that. Driven Grouse Shooting didn’t really take off until Edwardian Times. It was Fat Eddie (I can never keep track of all the Edwards), Victoria’s son and Big Beardy George (Grandfather of our current Queen) who succeeded him that were really the driving forces of the Driven Grouse Industry.

  6. August 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Many many congratulations to Mark Avery and Chris Packham; real brave actions here by both. There is no issue more likely to garner a concerted response from the “powers that be”

  7. 14 Ros Berrington
    August 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I truly believe if people really knew how our Grouse moors are run,the environmental degradation,the killing and the cruelty,the majority of British people would call for the end of driven Grouse shooting.We are now getting the truth out there and this is the result.My partner and I gave a massive cheer this morning when we saw the magic number.Congratulations to all those who have helped to make this happen. THE BATTLE CONTINUES!

    • 15 Nimby
      August 13, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Then it for those of who signed the petition, each and every one of us to make sure that the hypocrisy, the lies, the criminality is exposed and stopped. It might take a while, but anything worth achieving is never easy.

      Hopefully a lot of MPs will have by now received letters regarding the 100k and increasing by the hour and that we expect them to support the case for a full investigation, for factual and independent peer reviewed robust science to be put before an all party committee or panel. I for one would also like to see expert witnesses cross examined and the public allowed in to observe the conduct of ‘Parliament. I can dream?

  8. 16 elizabeth snell
    August 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Hooray!! Well done all of you. Keep the faith!

  9. August 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Wow! Thats fantastic news :)

  10. 18 Chris Roberts
    August 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Fantastic achievement. This antiquated blood massacre must end. Politicians please take note.

    • August 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Yes, it is amazing – thanks to everyone here for keeping the faith – and to Mark, RPUK for sterling efforts – and all the other groups who supported the cause and spoke up for all the creatures grievously affected by driven grouse killing.

      The Animal Interfaith Alliance sends our compliments.

  11. 20 Dylanben
    August 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Interesting and highly relevant that the build-up to the so-called ‘Glorious Twelfth’ has produced a surge in signatures. Thanks again Beefy!

  12. 21 Jane McArthur
    August 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I haven’t stayed up all night for election night but last night …well, I didn’t quite make it but went to bed happy, knowing people were still signing into the wee small hours and it wouldn’t take long. Many congratulations to you RPUK, Mark Avery and Chris Packham et al. Even the NW England Big Issue had an article about the plight of Hen Harriers–it’s everywhere!!!

    • 22 Marian
      August 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Yes, and the Big Issue North printed my letter about it on July 4 too.

      It was prompted by the killing of 10 Red Kites in North Yorks.

  13. 23 Michelle stokes
    August 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Well done you two!! Fantastic news!! 👌👌

  14. 24 Damion Willcock
    August 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations to Chris Packham and Mark Avery, and to all who have signed. What a great inspiration you are.

  15. August 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Great news but remember its just the start. A lot of parliamentarians will be backing their ‘hooray henry’ buddies on this. We need to hope that there are enough soulless career politicians who want to ingratiate themselves with the voting public enough to do something positive for a change.

    • 26 crypticmirror
      August 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Yep. The petitions committee in Westminster will already be looking for reasons as to why this shouldn’t be submitted for debate so get writing to your MP no matter their party and even if they are in a devolved constituency and ask them to ensure that this goes to the house floor. We cannot let their be any lifting of the pressure. They do say marathons are won or lost in the last mile when the finishing line is in sight and everyone starts thinking about what they’ll do after they’ve crossed it before they’ve crossed it. We might be in the last mile of this marathon (although I caution people about celebrating, because we almost certainly will not get it banned at this time, this is the foundation of a longer fight I guarantee it) but we need to keep focused and keep pressure on.

    • 27 C B
      August 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Insulting MPs isn’t a clever way of getting support.

      • 28 Nimby
        August 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        Where is there a call to insult MPs?

        We should write to them asking them to represent constituents views even if they do not support them surely CB?

        There are ways of writing which can respectfully request our Westminster representatives to ensure each of our voices are heard, or are you suggesting otherwise?

        ‘Sir’ was the one who accused eloquent oratory as being ‘extremist’. Given the current climate a rather foolish analogy, but then my background is robust science.

  16. August 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    So overjoyed that people are now listening to reason, evidence and science; not the indulgent views of the rich. Still lots of work to be done but what an effort by Mark Avery, Chris Packham, Birder’s Against, RaptorPersScot and all the supporters. You have given the youth a voice too and nurtured it. Thank you. Dara

  17. 30 Chris andrews
    August 13, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Fantastic achievement, but a quick note to say keep pushing it. At the deadline they check for all the repeat votes, fraudulent votes, and for votes from people not eligible (e.g. Not uk based). I’d think we need to keep pushing to 110k to be safe.

    • 31 crypticmirror
      August 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      The amount of jokers who think adding in “Elizabeth Windsor. Address: 1 Buckingham Palace SW1A 1AA, Email: BigLizzieTheQueen@Gmail.com” can never be underestimated. For some reason everyone thinks that is funny. Maybe it was the very first time. Now it is just a tiresome antic which always hurts petitions. While we’re at it “Mister Micheal Mouse” isn’t original either.

    • August 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      There are at least 3 petitions that look like they have been hacked last night and this morning.

  18. 33 gavin h
    August 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Time to end this archaic toffs pastime . Hunting for food is one thing but this is just a sadistic and pointless activity ( doesn’t qualify as a sport in my book). Lets follow Costa Ricas example and end sport hunting in the UK

  19. 34 crypticmirror
    August 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    That is the “stick” petition, but remember we in Scotland for a few more days also have a “carrot” petition to license gamebird shooting and we should offer both of them. People who wouldn’t sign either in isolation might be more inclined to sign the licencing one if they feel it is a better alternative to the outright ban. And it goes without saying that the more signatures on both the better our chances. Sadly the petition to licence gamebird shooting has been overshadowed by the bigger Ban Driven Grouse campaign and is now languishing. Can I ask RPS(UK) to please give the Licensing Petition a big push, please, to make sure that our position is as strong as it can be and that it broadens our tent even more.
    (deadline 22nd August)

    • 35 Jack Snipe
      August 13, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      I cannot agree. You may as well ask the grouse shooters themselves to sign the licensing petition, because I’m sure they would rush to do so if they thought a proposed ban had the slightest chance of succeeding. This is a time for celebration, and well Done Mark, Chris and everyone who helped achieve the magic number, but a degree of caution is also required. It is only a milestone, albeit a significant one, and I’d go along with the suggestion that we continue the drive until the closing date to maximise the final number of signatures. Bear in mind that Parliament will only “consider this for a debate,” and even if a debate does go ahead the result is uncertain, in fact realistically it seems more likely with a Tory majority that we would lose at that stage. Sadly and reluctantly, I have to admit that I think the timing of the licensing proposal and petition was a mistake, and tactically should have been held in reserve until the outcome of the campaign to ban driven grouse shooting. I also question why ALL grouse shooting was not included in the petition, because I know the minds of these people, and the continuation of walked-up grouse shooting, although less commercially profitable, would remain a major threat to harriers and predators in general. The idea that the super-rich participants and landowners are interested only in making money out of grouse shooting is a misconception. It means much more to them than that.

  20. 36 Ian Robinson
    August 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    It is important to lobby Tory MPs. Not all are Hooray Henries – there is a FB page for Conservatives Against Fox Hunting. These are people to be courted.

    But, hey, let’s allow ourselves a bloody big cheer. And huge kudos to Mark Avery and Chris Packham. Keep the faith !

  21. 37 nirofo
    August 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Fantastic news, well done to Mark Avery, well done to RPS and everybody else who had an input to this excellent result. Now let’s see what the government of this country think of this, more to the point, what action are they going to take, they need to put a stop to this wanton and illegal persecution of our precious wildlife and the environment at the hands of the criminal shooting fraternity. Now that so many people have said they want it stopped they must surely realise that this is only the beginning.

  22. 38 John edwards
    August 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    This day, the 13th, has got to be a sad day with so much carnage. Yet, we still keep getting good news with the petition now standing at 100,000 and M&S decking to stock Red Grouse. Keep up with the efforts and just keep going.

  23. 39 barbmc
    August 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Brilliant !!! Well done to Mark for not giving up at the first hurdle, or the second either ! And thanks, Chris, for such stoic endurance of all the insults and cr@p. Strength comes from knowing you are right. Well done to all concerned.
    The opposition have no defence so resort to insults, threats and childish behaviour against any who disagree with their squalid hobbies ( It’s NOT sport!) Don’t anyone let your guard down, they won’t easily concede defeat !

  24. 40 Peter Shearer
    August 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Great news and a result that can make us all proud and determined to carry on the fight.The tide is turning.

  25. 41 Lorna Bett
    August 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    ‘Mon the Hen Harriers’! Xx

  26. 42 kitty whitney
    August 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Can you sign the petition if you aren’t a citizen but support the cause?

    On Aug 13, 2016 5:05 AM, “Raptor Persecution UK” wrote:

    > RaptorPersecutionUK posted: “”Never believe that a few caring people can’t > change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have” (Margaret Mead). > Massive, massive kudos to Mark Avery, who started this (3 x petitions ago!) > and didn’t give up. Well done, Mark, and thank you. ” >

  27. 44 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    August 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I am glad I live in a time when such a group as Raptor Persecution Scotland exists. It has a wonderful way of bringing information on the killing of Birds of Prey and other wildlife, to those concerned, in a clear manner. It is also to be commended for its keeping an archive, thus enabling researchers to check up on previous wildlife crimes and sometimes the perpetrators. We live in a time, thanks to the Internet, when the humane part of the population can link up with organisations and individuals that are working to ensure that the laws, hard fought for, concerning animal abuse and the conservation of species, are enforced.

    Through television, nearly every household has the ability to watch wildlife programmes showing creatures and endeavours to protect them, from all over the planet. This has meant that there is an overwhelmingly massive support in the UK for the protection of our ancient native woodlands, wildlife habitats and the various species that are under threat from the blood sports element still dominating our countryside, along with developments that are inappropriate if we wish to protect and increase biodiversity.

    We now have individual charities to protect wild plants, butterflies, bugs/invertebrates, bats, badgers, red squirrels, bees, beetles etc. Such a diversity enables greater knowledge of what is wrong with our environment, and the forces acting inimically towards it. People have become more vocal through being a member of such organisations, and through petition sites offering people a chance to protest against the many forms of injustice, cruelty and exploitation that exist, and many of which have been concealed from public gaze. Indeed, the concern for protecting life forms has gone global, and many supporters are now coming from countries that one would least expect so, China is developing an environmental protection and animal welfare class of people, who are not afraid to actually act publicly. With this democratically disposed mass of concerned people, is it not time we warned our political parties here in the UK, that they must start showing a greater concern for what goes on in the environment, and to distance themselves from the hitherto murky connections that sometimes develops between them and those wishing to ensure sanctity for their particular economic activities, when, in fact, some of them can responsible for unethical and criminal behaviour, as is the case with certain shooting estates. The SNP has stated boldly that it stands by such enterprises, as being greatly contributive to Scottish economy. However, no Government has ever ventured to prove otherwise. What is needed, NOW, is for a coming together of all the organisations operating for the good of our countryside, to formulate a plan to remove this tosh argument that brutality is the way to manage an environment, and to produce an incontrovertible document proving that there are more profitable and humane ways of utilising our wild outdoors, which could incorporate those estates who acknowledge an end to the persecution of wildlife that may encroach on their maximisation of profit. Such a model exist outwith the UK, where indigenous peoples manage their forests and producd highly marketable products. Surely, it is not beyond the wits of our politiicians to see that a large part of our school attendees are emerging barely literate and unable to communicate, and that a large-scale restoration of our rural environment could be set in motion,with many of those whom have failed in our schools, to be enrolled in inspiring and paid for work programmes. Such work would give them experiences in various trades, and in healthy outdoor land and forest restoration. That way, the land of Scotland would be used in a way that would bring the whole population into its reformation away from stranglehold of centuries and privilege. Scotland could become a model for other parts of the UK and abroad. The democratisation of the countryside with proper rewards for those in farmng, who would be part of it, thereby ridding that sector of uncertainty of income.

    Can it happen? Yes, if Scotland could give up its old habit of always being at internal war with itself, just as in the days of the clans and their internicine grudges and massacres. The clan system was smashed in 1746, and in came land magnates with their sheep and hunting estates, and out went the vigorous people to the colonies and to the slums of our industrial towns and cities for shorter and unhealthier lives. Boxed up in urban ghettos and the countryside in parts became the playground of the hunters. Rally, and we would eventually win the day!

  28. 46 Suzanne
    August 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Absolutely great news everyone! Good luck in getting the whole evil thing banned altogether.

  29. 47 chris lock
    August 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Good work and now to see the ‘bullshit. parliament will come out with now that it has to be debated!

  30. 48 Bill Murphy
    August 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Well done Mark, and Chris, and all who have Signed the Petition, and worked for this by telling people what is really going on in our uplands. Also for turning up at Hen Harrier days [ Wet or Dry ] This though is only the First Hurdle, we have to keep on with the Petition, and whatever else it takes to rid the country of this throwback to Victorian times. Again, well done.

  31. 49 jackie smith
    August 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    This is fantastic news….well done everyone involved in protecting our very valuable indigenous birds of prey.

  32. 50 Alister J Clunas
    August 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    What a result! Well done to Mark, Chris and those behind Raptor Persecution Blog – all of whom have suffered personal insult and vilification from the opposition.
    We must ensure that there is a well informed debate in parliament. What about preparing a briefing paper that could be sent to MPs?

  33. 51 Marco McGinty
    August 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Slightly off-topic, but I was browsing through some of the shooting pages, and discovered the following page on the guns on Pegs website (they declare themselves to be the UK’s No.1 shoot finder). I’ve archived the page.

    The page suggests adding some things to the day’s shoot to “spice things up”, which is all very well. If such things turn them on, then so be it – I find all of it abhorrent.

    Anyway, among the suggestions are providing bonus payments, or issuing fines for shooting certain species, and I agree that it has been worded carefully, but it could easily be construed that they are suggesting bonus payments for shooting Black Grouse. Now, even if they are suggesting that shooting a Black Grouse should result in a fine, I thought that Black Grouse were in a perilous state, so shooting them would seem a strange thing to do, especially if want to conserve the species. They are, after all, quite a distinctive species, so surely the gun-wielding experts would be able to differentiate between the Black and Red?

    However, there is something else incredibly worrying about the article and its suggestions, but considering we are dealing with the shooting industry, it is one that doesn’t fill me with any surprise. Look at the suggestion for Jack Snipe. It certainly appears that they are advocating financial gain for killing a protected species. I’m sure that the shooters will try to claim that it means a fine, I’m certain that it doesn’t, but even if it does, they are ruling out legal action, and suggesting that the perpetrator, at worst, is £25 out of pocket. If this is considered acceptable action within the shooting industry, for a non-conflicting, protected species, and it clearly is, then what hope of change where raptors are concerned.

    Thankfully, the first commenter on their article encapsulates the belief system of the majority of right-thinking individuals, sadly he or she represents a tiny, minority within the industry, and will be silenced by the noise and bluster of the criminal apologists.

  34. August 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Brilliant! Well done and congratulations to all of you!

  35. 53 jack black
    August 13, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Media haven’t made the difference between driven grouse shooting which is intensive and damaging to so many aspects of the environment and walked up grouse shooting which is sustainable and had far less impact.

    I suspect many people will not make the distinction.

    To prevent the debate being side tracked to shooting vs anti shooting or rich vs poor etc etc

    Much better to make clear the issue is banning DRIVEN grouse shooting

  36. August 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    It’s entirely right and understandable that people should feel in a celebratory mood as the petition powers past the 100,000 mark but I think we also need to remember that in the words of Winston Churchill “… this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”. Now comes the harder job of persuading parliament to act which will doubtless, like Mark’s petition, take more than one push to achieve. However, one thing is sure and that is that the issue is now on the table and that pressure for change isn’t about to go away.

  37. 55 Liz Hallam
    August 13, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    What a fabulous result! Sincere thanks to Chris , Mark and everyone who has helped the campaign to get this far.

  38. 56 Martin Gilbert
    August 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

    From the inglorious 12th to the GLORIOUS 13th!! …Well done to messers Avery, Packham and all at RPUK!!! …great job the lot of you!! …the growing number of signatures each time this petition has been circulated is a testament to all of the good work getting the message out beyond those of us who are ‘environmentally aware’ and into the consciousness of the general public. I wonder how many were moved to sign after the contrast between the science and good sense from Packham on the radio yesterday, in comparison to the bumbling nonsense from our cricketing ‘friend’. Oh happy day!

  39. 57 rebeccanason
    August 14, 2016 at 8:46 am

    You are both fabulously resilient and driven. Thank you so much for your efforts and let’s see now the reward for your and the 100,000 peoples efforts to stop this vile abuse of our countryside and special British wildlife which inhabits it.

  40. August 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Presume you guys are onto the British Trust for Ornithology Press Statement regarding the
    Pennine Grouse Moor survey report

  41. 59 Dylanben
    August 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    It would be great to get to 200,000 by 20th September! Don’t let up. We can do it.

  42. 60 Dylanben
    August 18, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I see that someone has launched an e-petition in support of grouse shooting – see here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/164851 We’re told that ‘grouse and other native wildlife such as lapwing and stone curlew’ are beneficiaries of moorland management for shooting. Haven’t seen many of the latter species on my local heather moors recently! This habitat would appear to be the precise opposite of the very specialised sparse vegetation which the stone curlew requires. Another own-goal. Keep them coming.

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