Kerry McCarthy MP says ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’


Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour, Bristol East) says:

Only a minority of people choose to participate in the so-called “sport” of grouse shooting, which causes the unnecessary and cruel deaths of millions of game birds every year, but their hobby has an impact on us all. Moorland that is burnt or drained greatly increases the risk of flooding – as was the case at Hebden Bridge a few years ago. This burning also releases huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

The Government should take a steer from Bradford Council’s vote to ban grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor and introduce a nationwide ban on driven grouse-shooting.


To join Kerry McCarthy, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.



Terry Pickford says ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’



Terry Pickford, raptor worker, says

I definitely support a ban of driven grouse shooting because of the obvious damage this so called fieldsport continues to cause to a wide variety of protected birds of prey on red grouse moorland.

These remote heather regions located in the north of England are being managed in the 21st century without any respect, regard or care for the well-being of so called ‘protected’ birds like the hen harrier, peregrine, short-eared owl or goshawk. I would go so far as to describe the current situation as wholesale ‘raptor cleansing’ by individuals who appear to be working to feudal Victorian standards where birds of prey receive short shrift, seemingly exterminated with impunity. The situation is a complete and utter disgrace of which our Tory administration should be truly ashamed; instead of taking proactive measures to bring an end to such criminal activity by banning driven grouse shooting, the government instead to pander to the shooting industry by supporting the reintroduction of captive reared hen harriers into southern England (Brood Meddling).

The most recent e-petition initiated by Gavin Gamble calling for a ban of Driven Grouse Shooting comes to an end on 2 April, it is imperative this e-petition receives more public support before this cut off date. Unless and until the illegal killing of hen harriers is stamped out the situation faced by this threatened moorland species is unlikely to change, even if the ill thought out DEFRA proposal of brood management is adopted.’.


To join Terry Pickford, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.


Peter Egan says ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’

Photo: Maria Slough


Actor Peter Egan says:

I support a ban of driven grouse shooting because I hate all hunting and shooting of wild animals.  I’ve never seen a Hen Harrier, other than in photographs, they look like wonderful birds to me. A natural predator, they eat Red Grouse, Hen Harriers are literally being brutally wiped out so that unnatural predators, the so-called sportsmen, can have fun killing Red Grouse themselves. It is unnatural, it is repugnant.  Please join me and sign the e-petition.‘ 

To join Peter Egan, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.


Chris Williamson MP says ‘Ban driven grouse shooting’


Chris Williamson MP (Labour, Derby North) says:

Grouse shooting is morally and environmentally unjustifiable and should therefore be banned.  It is responsible for the indiscriminate persecution of wildlife, including protected birds of prey, and the mismanagement of our uplands exacerbates flooding in towns and cities.


To join Chris Williamson, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.


London: a city divided on the future of grouse shooting

Map of signatures in favour of banning driven grouse shooting.

Map of signatures supporting grouse shooting


Support for intensive grouse shooting, as measured by numbers of signatures on a pro-grouse shooting e-petition, is concentrated in the richer areas of central London, such as Chelsea and Fulham, and is very sparse across the rest of the capital.  In contrast, opposition to driven grouse shooting is spread across the capital’s constituencies, with 60 out of 70 constituencies in favour of a ban (as the numbers stand at the moment).


 Signatures supporting a ban of driven grouse shootingSignatures supporting grouse shooting
Bermondsey and Southwark4311
Bethnal Green and Bow367
Bexleyheath and Crayford252
Brent Central225
Brent North131
Brentford and Isleworth5215
Bromley and Chislehurst353
Camberwell and Peckham529
Carshalton and Wallington362
Chelsea and Fulham17403
Chingford and Woodford Green271
Chipping Barnet374
Cities of London and Westminster33219
Croydon Central371
Croydon North300
Croydon South475
Dagenham and Rainham261
Dulwich and West Norwood5314
Ealing Central and Acton4819
Ealing North261
Ealing Southall141
East Ham161
Enfield North302
Enfield Southgate311
Erith and Thamesmead220
Feltham and Heston195
Finchley and Golders Green303
Greenwich and Woolwich413
Hackney North and South Newington637
Hackney South and Shoreditch296
Hampstead and Kilburn4026
Harrow East210
Harrow West181
Hayes and Harrington70
Holborn and St Pancras6425
Hornchurch and Upminster303
Hornsey and Wood Green8114
Ilford North150
Ilford South171
Islington North488
Islington South and Finsbury4034
Kingston and Surbiton515
Lewisham Deptford644
Lewisham East333
Lewisham West and Penge471
Leyton and Wanstead401
Mitcham and Morden250
Old Bexley and Sidcup271
Poplar and Limehouse265
Richmond Park8439
Ruislip Northwood and Pinner 404
Sutton and Cheam302
Uxbridge and South Ruislip251
West Ham213
Westminster North2356


Dominic Mitchell, London-based birder and Managing Editor of Birdwatch magazine and, says:

The negative impacts of driven grouse shooting have become alarmingly clear in recent years, and the end is surely nigh for this archaic pastime of shooting birds for fun and profit. Britain is home to most of the world’s heather moorlands but this unique ecosystem is being permanently damaged through management for shooting. Worse still, many moors have become no-go areas for iconic birds of prey like Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle, both of which have been ruthlessly persecuted on rogue estates. The time has come to ban driven grouse shooting, restore balance in the uplands, and conserve, not kill.

To join Dominic Mitchell, please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.