You are right to applaud the efforts to restore our precious moorland to help flood defence (Flooding caused by poor management and floodplain building, say experts, 14 November), but it’s bizarre to also see those managing our grouse moors blamed. Much of this restoration work is being led by the gamekeepers and land managers who know these moors best.
The days of draining moorland, common in the 1960s and 1970s as part of an ill-conceived government policy to improve sheep grazing, are now long behind us. In fact, it is the grouse moor managers and other moorland landowners leading the charge to block up historical drains and re-wet moorland. It is estimated that around 18,000 hectares of moorland habitat on grouse moors has already been restored in this way across northern England. We should be celebrating, not neglecting, this great work.
Director of communications GWCT
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