Press release

Press release by Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor

On the eve of a key decision which could spell the end for grouse shooting on Yorkshire’s iconic beauty spot Ilkley Moor, Naz Shah MP (Bradford West) has joined some of the region’s most prominent politicians in giving her backing to ending the practice on Ilkley Moor. Others to have lent their support include MPs John Grogan (Lab, Keighley & Ilkley), Judith Cummins (Lab, Bradford South), Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) and a strong cross-party representation of Parish and District Councillors. Bradford’s Labour Councillors are set to vote tonight on whether to renew the controversial grouse shooting license.

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM), which is lobbying Bradford Council to bring an end to grouse shooting, notes that wildlife has tanked on the local authority’s watch as a result of intensive grouse moor management. Over half of protected breeding bird species have declined or become locally extinct on Ilkley Moor, government figures collated by the RSPB Northern England office show. The wildlife crash, which has negatively impacted on the moor’s population of specialist species, including Merlin, Dunlin and Short Eared Owl, could result in the loss of the site’s conservation designations if declines continue.

Naz Shah MP (Labour, Bradford East) says: “I support the campaign to end the shooting of grouse on Ilkley Moor, a practice which is damaging bio-diversity, destroying precious blanket peat bog and contributing to flooding in the valley bottoms.”

Luke Steele, Spokesperson for BBIM, comments: “With over half of specialist breeding birds suffering decline or local extinction on Ilkley Moor on Bradford Council’s watch, it is clear that licensing of grouse shooting by the local authority has been a conservation calamity. We urge Bradford’s Labour Councillors to do the right thing and follow every other moorland owning-council in the country by voting to ending grouse shooting on public land tonight.”

Bradford Council is the last local authority in the UK to allow grouse shooting to take place on public moorland. Others, including the Peak District National Park Authority and Sheffield Council, already prohibit the practice on their upland estates, having previously allowed it, and now maintain the land using other methods.

During a recent consultation on the future management of Ilkley Moor, the largest number of submissions received by the local authority on any single topic urged an end to grouse shooting. Other backers of ending grouse shooting include Bradford Council’s conservation partners, Friends of Ilkley Moor, Bill Oddie OBE, Chris Packham and Nick Miles.




11 Replies to “Press release”

  1. Hope not premature , but really well done ,everyone take note this might be the way ahead small, local, well organised, tenacious action.

  2. A council member had tweeted the vote is tomo .. not sure what’s true and what’s not?!

  3. Good news and worth celebrating but we should also be ready for a vocal negative media reaction from certain quarters, a still more vigorous disinformation campaign and a stepping up in the campaign against organisations and individuals such as the RSPB, the Labour Party (whose councillors have done us proud), Chris Packham, Mark Avery, etc.

  4. This a triumph for all concerned and a step in the right direction for banning Driven Grouse Shooting once and for all. Let’s see other Grouse moors go the same way.

    I’ve said it before and will keep saying it, we need the Gavin Gamble ePetition to start rocketing soon, so please ensure you get friends, family, newbies to sign asap, don’t leave to the last few days! #spreadtheword

  5. Fantastic news! I had my epiphany on Ilkley Moor when me good mate Dave Shaftoe turned round to me and said ‘aren’t moors crap hardly anything lives on them!’ I didn’t even know it was a grouse moor at the time, it was if Dave had said the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. George Monbiot has pretty much done the same. The decline of the wildlife that driven grouse shooting is suppoosed to protect showed how crap it really is. Very well done to all involved in this long hard fight, another gold plated nail in the coffin of DGS!

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