Press launch – Wild Moors and League In opposition to Merciless Sports activities – Mark Avery


Pure England restricts gamebird capturing on Thornton Moor.

Recent doubt has been forged over the way forward for the controversial recreation chook shoot on Yorkshire Water’s land at Thornton Moor after Pure England has refused permission for a major a part of the operation.

The federal government’s habitats watchdog has stated in a choice discover issued to Yorkshire Water and its tenant that the discharge of non-native partridges for capturing and associated practices should not go forward on or across the Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity as a result of they’ve potential to significantly harm the protected nature web site. This contains by harming delicate carbon-rich peatlands and inflicting disruption to and competitors for meals with delicate ground-nesting birds, akin to curlew, golden plover and merlin.

Pure England has additionally made clear that use of the moor for capturing isn’t obligatory for conservation of the positioning.

Luke Steele, Government Director of Wild Moors, stated “Pure England’s determination makes plain that recreation chook capturing on Thornton Moor poses a danger to wildlife and the atmosphere and isn’t obligatory. We welcome this intervention which has important bearing over the way forward for the capturing lease.”

Yorkshire Water has acknowledged that it’ll adhere with Pure England’s determination and expects its capturing tenant to additionally.

The event comes as the corporate is anticipated to start out its assessment into the way forward for the capturing lease on Thornton Moor forward of it expiring later this 12 months. With a purpose to inform its determination Yorkshire Water can be contemplating what’s the most suitable choice for delivering its nature and local weather ambitions: persevering with recreation chook capturing or restoring the moor.

Nick Weston, Head of Campaigns on the League In opposition to Merciless Sports activities, stated “Taking pictures is a dying sport and the earlier that is accepted, the earlier the countryside might be returned to wild natural world. Yorkshire Water’s assessment of its capturing tenancies has the potential to blaze a path for landowners throughout the nation, and the most recent from Pure England reveals that of the numerous choices for the way forward for Yorkshire’s moors, capturing needs to be backside of the pile.”

The capturing tenant has the precise to attraction Pure England’s determination.

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