What now for Ilkley Moor? Our letter to Yorkshire Post

The unique habitat on Ilkley Moor has been conserved and enhanced by gamekeepers for over 100 years (‘Time to focus on moorland’s future’ as controversial management deal comes to an end', May 1st).

Bradford Council’s decision to end this long-standing arrangement, without knowing how to pay for it, is bizarre. Some, may feel, allowing eight days grouse shooting per year a remarkably simple solution – one that has conserved the moor we now have, for over a century.

Andrew Gilruth
Director of communications
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Now available as an eBook for just £3.99

TWThe Moorland Balance - Cover

Based on the GWCT's submission to the Westminster debate on grouse shooting, this bestselling book is a go-to guide for those with an interest in the British uplands and is based on years of research and practical experience, both from the Trust and other parties.

A full colour digital version (PDF) is now available for just £3.99, a saving of £5 on the paperback version. You can also read it right away as you don't need to wait for delivery!

Buy now >


Ok let moor

at 8:43 on 10/05/2018 by Derek Anderson

Typical of councils and environment agency's.it is fact that legalisation being imposed on landowners is detrimental to habitat and as the result wildlife suffers. When do departments realise they are getting it wrong and Now begin to rectify their mistakes by allowing good management to continue. Don't be fooled it is fact numbers in game and other species of birds are in decline Current legalisation is not working

Ilkley Moor

at 20:57 on 09/05/2018 by Peter John Cashman

The sad fact is that these people would rather see the grouse become extinct than have a relatively small amount shot and eaten............simple blind prejudice.

Ilkley Moor

at 20:54 on 09/05/2018 by Graham Wiliiams

If I am correct this moor is next door to Rumbalds which I believe is p rivatly owned and will continue to shoot without Ilkley. As has been said this is a purely political decision and the loss of income to spend on essential local services obviously was of no consequence. Plus the improvement in the ecology of the moor by the active management is as they say “ for nowt”

Ilkely Moor debacle

at 19:43 on 09/05/2018 by Mr T Haines

It would be helpful to know how many people actually use the moor and its paths and tracks, do Bradford council actually know? Would they be able to raise sufficient maintenance revenue by "taxing" users of the moor, car park fees, licences to Ice cream and Burger vans etc? Unfortunately, good (and free to the Council) habitat management and a sustainable harvest of a premier food source cannot get in the way of the shout loudest get noticed brigade.

Ilkley Moor

at 9:40 on 09/05/2018 by Frank Pearson

A camel is a horse designed by a council ! Enough said ?

Ilkley Moor

at 8:40 on 09/05/2018 by Patrick Hooton

Its a national disgrace and a very bad day for the Moor based purely on a spiteful "political" decision

Make a comment

Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to provide you with a better online experience. If you continue to use our site without changing your browser settings, we'll assume you are happy to receive cookies. Please read our cookie policy for more information.

Do not show this message again