I WRITE in response to “Moorland twice as big as Greater London devoted to grouse farming, study finds”, UK News, Craven Herald online, August 5.
The unique landscapes and biodiversity of each of our national parks are the result of generations of farmers, game wardens and other upland interests.
This is no more true than in the Yorkshire Dales.
For centuries, upland players have weaved a sustainable way of life out of a fragile, rural and beautiful environment. That’s why the Dales were recently voted one of the ten best national parks to visit in the world, with the National Parks Authority publicly thanking local game wardens, farmers and land managers for creating such a stunning landscape.
Managing Grouse Moor is just one of many upland interests, and the dedicated work of game wardens contributes to the environment, rural economy and local communities.
In recent years, game wardens have been tasked with filling thousands of miles of agricultural drains, planting thousands of acres of ravines with timber, and continuing to reduce the fuel load of vegetation to reduce the risk of forest fires.
The subsequent loss of wildlife following the elimination of moorland management of grouse in other areas such as the Berwyn Hills in North Wales and on Langholm moorland in the Scottish Borders should serve as a reminder to those campaigning for bans and restrictions. Imposing a one-size-fits-all approach would be disastrous not only for our wildlife, but for all users and admirers of our uplands.
Highlands Manager, British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)