I recently contacted Natural England and asked them the following questions which they have been kind enough to answer as follows:
Q1: Has NE’s James Cross met Richard Bannister of the Walshaw Moor Estate in 2016?
A1: Yes, he has, on 4th February 2016.
Q2: What was the subject of their meeting?
A2: The meeting covered the management of the Estate and our joint working with them. More generally, uplands management was discussed, including progress with moorland restoration, work on grip blocking, heather management and Estate infrastructure
Q3: Were grouse bags on the Walshaw Moor Estate discussed and did this discussion include any suggestion of capping grouse bags as part of the countryside stewardship agreement?
A3: No, to both parts of your question.
Q4: Would you like to say anything else about their meeting?
A4: We have nothing further to add.
[For new readers: Wuthering Moors 1-53 are posts about Walshaw Moor Estate above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. It’s a long story! You can read it all by selecting Wuthering Moors in the ‘categories’ on the right of this post or read a potted summary in my book Inglorious – whose paperback is out towards the end of July]