League statement on the banning of grouse moor burning
Yorkshire Water, United Utilities and the National Trust estates of Marsden, Braithwaite Hall and Dark Peak should be commended for banning routine heather moor burning on their land.
These three major landowners’ decision means that 30 tracts of land are now unavailable for commercial grouse shoots.
Not only does this means protection for the birds, but it’s also good news for the ecology of these areas.
The League has campaigned alongside Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire's Moors against driven grouse shooting both because of the cruelty inflicted on the birds, but also because we agree with research by the University of Leeds that burning grouse moors degrades peatland habitat, releases climate-altering gases, reduces biodiversity and increases flood risk.
The League would now urge these landowners to make this ban permanent.