Great reception for launch of Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform

Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform, was formally launched in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening and what a fantastic reception it received!

The Revive coalition is an unusual alliance of campaigners, scientists and policy advocates from the fields of social justice, conservation, animal welfare and environmental protection, coming together to present the case for the reform of Scottish grouse moors. The founding groups are Common Weal, Friends of the Earth Scotland, The League Against Cruel Sports Scotland, OneKind, and Raptor Persecution UK.

The packed audience at Tuesday night’s reception reflected this diversity of interests and it was a who’s who of leading campaigners, politicians, researchers, journalists, scientists, lawyers, land reformers and policy advisors. We were especially pleased to see Professor Alan Werritty in the audience (Chair of the Scottish Government’s-commissioned review on grouse moor management, due to report in spring 2019).

Lesley Riddoch, a leading light in the world of land reform was also present and has written a piece in The National today, remarking on the “incredible turnout” (see here).

The evening began with two videos, one a brilliant animation put together by Pete Cairns and his team at Scotland: The Big Picture showing how the grouse moor landscape could look if it was allowed to revive, and another animation outlining the coalition’s concerns about the intensification of grouse moor management:

Chris Packham then formally opened proceedings with his usual hard-hitting approach (the event was live-streamed on Revive’s social media accounts so you should still be able to access this video – see @ReviveCoalition), follwed by a Q&A session with members of the coalition (also live-streamed in a separate video).

[Photos by Linda Macpherson]


The coalition’s first commissioned report was also launched at the event – The Case for Reforming Scotland’s Driven Grouse Moors, authored by Ruth Tingay and Andy Wightman. This report builds on an earlier report from the same authors, published in 2015, but the current report is greatly expanded. Lesley Riddoch describes it as “the most thorough demolition of the case for “sporting estates” I’ve ever seen in print“.

Attendees were all provided with a hard copy of the report and it is also available to download here (13MB):

Revive Report 2018

So what’s next for the Revive Coalition? There’s lots planned, and we’d encourage you to visit the coalition’s website (here) for further information and to keep updated.

There’s one thing you can do right now to show your support for the coalition – sign the pledge for significant reform of Scotland’s grouse moors – PLEASE SIGN HERE

Many thanks to Max Wiszniewski (Revive Campaign Manager) and his team for such a superbly-organised event, and many thanks to all those who came along, who share the coalition’s vision and determination to bring about change.

23 Responses to “Great reception for launch of Revive, the coalition for grouse moor reform”

  1. November 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    So far we have been outplayed by the grousers at every turn. They have had the money, the influence and the desperation as they fight for their ‘lives’.
    This is a total game changer. Combining science, publicity, coordination, unity, social justice, legality, morality and grassroots movement, possibly even activism, will drag the politicians into action. They have no choice.
    The tide has turned. Thanks to everyone who brought this project into being.

  2. 3 Secret Squirrel
    November 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Great stuff. keep ip the good work

  3. 4 Loki
    November 8, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Really encouraging. Will this lead to direct action? I want to do more than I am doing.

  4. 5 Douglas Malpus
    November 8, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I want to be enthusiastic about this, I’ve spread the word around my friends. I hope and hope this is the start of getting the criminals under order.

  5. 6 Brian Leecy
    November 8, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    It sounds very promising ,Could this be a Turning Point ! Good Luck to everyone involved.

  6. 7 AlanTwo
    November 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    This is a brilliant initiative, pulling together different groups and giving a broad spectrum of concerned members of the public something they can identify with and get behind.
    Please, let’s not degenerate into hair-splitting about whether the RSPB should be disbanded because they have killed a small number of foxes, or the LACS are our enemy because they associate with hunt saboteurs.
    It’s all about showing respect for our native wildlife by way of the broadest, largest coalition of people and groups as possible, in order to challenge those who view other species as objects to be played with or disposed of at will.
    I wish it every success, and if a few pounds would be of help, do please ask.

    • 8 Michael Haden
      November 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Totaly agree it has been my biggest bugbear that some conservation organisations routinely attack other conservation organisations. It was pythonesque. The ‘using live birds for target practice’ movement was always a united front with the BASC at one end and the CA at the other.

      People have got to realise, you don’t have to be vegan/vegetarian etc to enjoy wildlife and see the benefits of a thriving ecosystem. To distill this very complex issue into binary sound bites only helps the people who want to continue with the status quo.

  7. 9 AnMac
    November 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    This is an immense step forward to change for once and for all Scotland’s landscape and allow our natural environment to recover for the benefit of all. It will take an enormous effort to convince the people who live and work in rural communities that this road will be prosperous for all. An end to the killing of all birds and animals that inhabit our woodlands and mountain landscapes will be a great step forward in showing the world that we care for nature in all its forms.
    If properly thought out and supported, wildlife tourism will take over and the present ‘killing’ machine that employs gamekeepers will realise what a folly it has been all these years. It will be an enormous cultural change for those who presently manage our grouse moors and we await the outcomes in the years ahead.

  8. 10 Paul V Irving
    November 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I’m sitting here in England thinking wow I really hope this is the game changer that we need. I can only wish you well and hope that it is indeed all that we hope for. I have spent the last couple of hours reading the report it makes a number of really solid points, many of which of course apply equally to England. It is a hard fact and hard hitting report get it in the right hands as I’m sure you will and it must generate a real move towards progress. In some ways I envy you in Scotland although government and judiciary aren’t what we might wish for yours are infinitely better than the non listening and unthinking bloody Tories we a blighted with. All I can say is I wish you every success.

  9. 11 Sandra Padfield
    November 8, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve signed the pledge and wish you every success. I hope, too, as Alan suggests that hair-splitting on points of difference are not allowed to derail the broader aims.

  10. 12 Les Wallace
    November 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Yes it was a great night, tremendous buzz and took a bit of getting used to seeing Chris Packham in 3D – Max and team certainly did a damn good job setting it up and it was a cracking venue. The animations were fantastic (really loved the Peter Cairns one where the trees eventually died and provide dead wood for wildlife) and Chris P’s talk did not disappoint. The one thing I think came through very strongly was just how much of Scotland is dominated by grouse moor, the very lowest estimate was 12% which is unbelievable for something that’s a rather silly hobby. In that light the jobs created and money brought in are pathetic. If you watch the recording you’ll see where Robbie McAlpine expressed this so clearly and powerfully. I don’t know if there was anyone from ‘the other side’ there, but if they were I don’t think they’d be happy bunnies. Lesley Riddoch’s point that people always seem to be lower down the pecking order than animals got my back up a bit, the land and its wildlife have been absolutely hammered by humanity, but somehow it’s people that are the victims – as in all those ‘poor’ crofters losing lambs to sea eagles supposedly? The article in the National was good, but implication people have been put out by wildlife which grates. I hope in the very near future Revive puts real ideas down on the table so there is a meaty alternative to DGS for public consumption. Without that just saying that DGS is crap won’t work, we’ve been doing that for too long. Won’t be hard Glen Tanar is diversifying already – much to the chagrin of other estates and we can propose everything from a bit more pony trekking to planting trees and bringing back the beaver to alleviate downstream flooding (and contain fire on the hills). Not very difficult but we have to do it, something new has to be offered. It was a wonderful evening great to see some old faces and meet new ones and definitely feel it was a turning point. Well done Andy and Ruth for writing the document, great read.

  11. November 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I have just finished the report. Wow, it leaves the grouse industry in shreds!
    It was shocking to be reminded that Paul Wheelhouse initiated a review of crime penalties in 2013 which gave recommendations in 2016 that have still not been implemented!
    RPUK highlighted this problem earlier this week when they wrote that after the publication of the Werritty report ‘Actual meaningful regulation, properly enforced, could still be years away.’
    I think Revive will help speed up this slow moving machinery called government.

  12. 14 Paul Fisher
    November 8, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    A prospectus for the future. Thank you.

  13. 15 workshy333
    November 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Fantastic. Love the animated video; we can dream! I am surprised the ‘Re-wilding’, Trees for life people are not part of this, or have I missed it? Clearly this is not about criminals, or licensing the moors, but about re-claiming the land back. Re-wilding.

  14. 20 PTH
    November 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    This is great news – I hope if successful then something like the Revive coalition will eventually spread it’s wings south of the border because as we well know there are many English ‘Sporting Estates’ (ahem) causing as much environmental damage & wildlife carnage as their Scottish brethren.

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