Raptor Persecution UK today maintain their excellent record of unearthing the details of the friendly and collaborative manner in which the Moorland Association has always dealt with their partners in fighting wildlife crime. This case is an alleged email sent a long time ago, in 2010, by the then Peak District representative of the Moorland Association, Richard May, to a senior staff member, at that time, of the Peak District National Park Authority. You will be interested in the alleged email – see here.
I was interested to read that the alleged email from Richard May was copied to Jon Stewart who at the time was working for Natural England but is now the senior National Trust staff member in the Peak District. Readers of this blog will know that the National Trust, having fallen out with their shooting tenant in the Peak District, have recently announced a complicated system of maintaining grouse shooting on their land because they ‘appreciate the importance of rural traditions as part of the spirit of many of the places we look after. We allow field sports to take place on our property where traditionally practised, provided they are within the law and compatible with our principal purposes of conservation and access.‘.
The NT have selected three new shooting tenants to replace their one exiting tenant, and on one area of land, Park Hall, the aim is to shoot grouse over pointer dogs. This blog understands that the proposed shooting tenant for this area, chosen by the NT after a thorough interview process, is one Richard May.
I do not know whether contracts betweeen NT and Richard May have been signed for this new shooting tenancy and I’m not really in a strong position to ask NT as I am no longer one of their members.