I wonder who got that changed…?

Earlier this year the North Pennines AONB Partnership published a draft of its new Management Plan 2019-2024. Consultations were held and a report setting out the results of those consultations was promised, but it has not yet appeared as far as I’ve seen – I’ve been looking now and again.

The draft remained on the site until this morning, when it was replaced by what purports to be a final version, with never a sight of any consultation results report.

At first sight it looks much the same as the draft, but subtle changes have been made. One example did jump out at me.

The draft: “Farming plays an important role in the lives of local communities and in managing the landscape. Moorland managers who are engaged in restoring bare peat and blocking grips are enhancing our moors and the services they provide for society.

The new version: “Farming plays an important role in the lives of local communities and in managing the landscape. Grouse moor management continues to be the other dominant landuse, contributing to the local economy; those moorland managers engaged with conservation bodies in restoring bare peat and blocking grips are enhancing our moors and the services they provide for society.

That’s an interesting change. Did it come out of the consultation or out of lobbying from members of the grouse shooting industry?

I’ll be reading it all more carefully over the next few days and weeks. there is a Hen Harrier image (just to remind residents and visitors what they are usually missing), and some good stuff on moorland burning and this quote too ‘Ensure a collaborative approach between all parties to raise awareness of, and bring an end to, raptor persecution and to prosecute incidences of criminality‘.

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1 Reply to “I wonder who got that changed…?”

  1. I was in the waiting room of a GP surgery yesterday and read the 2018 report of the Lune Rivers Trust. There was an article by Rob Foster from the Abbeystead Estate saying what a wonderful job they were doing on their moors (with outside volunteers and funding) restoring the peat and heather. He put part of the blame on peat destruction on the large colony of lesser black-backed gulls (protected - although shot as soon as they stray off the moor onto inbye land by the estate) because of "enrichment" from droppings. He also blamed wildfires..... not muirburn. I can't quote the exact wording as I didn't take the magazine away but the hypocrisy and twisting the truth appalled me.

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