Here are a few points on Defra’s response to the RSPB’s complaint to the EU Commission in the Walshaw Moor affair (see blog of 12 noon today).
1. Five tracks, five car parks, two ponds dug out of the peat, earthworks?
2. Some of the alleged damage may not ultimately be restored.
3. NE has authorised burning of blanket bogs.
4. All the burning permissions relate to grouse moors – how odd that other land managers don’t apparently need to burn heather moors to maintain the habitat?
5. The burning consents have been made for 25 years.
6. Public money, mine and yours, is being paid to grouse moor managers to compensate them for stopping activities that were damaging EU-protected habitats.
7. Legal action was being taken against Walshaw Moor Estate Limited for 30 cases of moor gripping (digging drainage channels) but now they are being paid through an HLS scheme for blocking moor grips. One wonders whether or not they are the same grips?
Are you happy with all this? I think it stinks.