Shoot­ing es­tates join long-term peat­land re­cov­ery project

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Con­ser­va­tion bod­ies and grouse shoot­ing es­tates are join­ing forces to re­store and im­prove the health of the UK’S pre­cious peat­land habi­tat.

The na­tion’s deep peat plays a ma­jor role in car­bon stor­age and flood alle­vi­a­tion, as well as pro­vid­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter. Es­tates are help­ing with restora­tion ef­forts by de­vel­op­ing new 25-year man­age­ment plans with Natural England.

These long-term agree­ments will en­sure that shoot­ing and con­ser­va­tion in­ter­ests will go hand in hand and will not only fo­cus on cre­at­ing vi­able red grouse pop­u­la­tions for driven shoot­ing, but also in­crease up­land bird species, en­hance veg­e­ta­tion and habi­tat and im­prove sus­tain­able farm­ing.

Wem­mergill grouse moor in County Durham was the first es­tate to sign up to a 25-year agree­ment. DE­FRA un­der-sec­re­tary Dr Thérèse Cof­fey MP vis­ited the es­tate and com­mented: “The UK’S unique up­land ecol­ogy must be safe­guarded for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy. This ap­proach is help­ing to achieve this by high­light­ing the var­i­ous benefits that can be reaped from a va­ri­ety of grouse moor man­age­ment prac­tices. I thank the es­tate, the Moor­land As­so­ci­a­tion and Natural England for their achieve­ment and com­mend this ap­proach to oth­ers.”

Amanda An­der­son, di­rec­tor of the Moor­land As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “These part­ner­ship agree­ments are ex­cit­ing and en­cour­ag­ing be­cause they high­light the sig­nif­i­cant com­mon ground be­tween the ob­jec­tives of con­ser­va­tion­ists and grouse moor man­agers.

“The plans map out ex­ten­sive and in­no­va­tive work to pro­vide tan­gi­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion benefits along­side vi­able grouse shoot­ing oper­a­tions.”

Dr Thérèse Cof­fey MP (cen­tre) paid a visit to Wem­mergill es­tate

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