Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor: our letter to The Yorkshire Post

Dear Sir,

Grouse shooting is the only management system that explicitly maintains and enhances one of the rarest habitats in the world: heather-dominated moorland. The traditions of grouse moors are being challenged, and this is healthy.

However, if BBC Presenter Chris Packham wishes to replace it, perhaps he could share the evidence that his alternative will be better. Bradford Council will need to know the net gain – economic, social and environmental - before changing the complex and wonderful habitat on Ilkley Moor.

Andrew Gilruth
Director of Communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust 

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Grouse and Harriers

at 18:28 on 08/08/2017 by Hugh Maund

Red grouse only exist in the UK, whereas harriers are common throughout the world. I would have thought that it is more important that our moors maintain a good number of red grouse. Harriers as a world species are far less important.

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