This video from Britain is called When Red Grouse Attack.
By Peter Lazenby in England:
Locals stand up to moor burning
Sunday 09 December 2012
Campaigners fighting to protect a Yorkshire moor said on Friday that they are taking their case to the European Commission.
The campaigners say burning of “blanket bog” and sphagnum moss to cater for grouse worsens the flooding problems faced in the Yorkshire Pennines, in addition to destroying wildlife habitats which are supposed to be protected.
Government-backed Natural England has entered a “Higher Level Stewardship” agreement with the moor’s owner involving subsidies of £2.5 million. Meanwhile the owner is allowed to continue burning the moor.
The campaigners are challenging the legality of the agreement on the basis that European funding for nature protection should not be used to subsidise activities likely to degrade a legally protected habitat.
Hebden Bridge resident Dongria Kondh said: “It can’t be right for a millionaire grouse-moor owner to be receiving nearly £1,000 of public money every working day for the next 10 years without any detectable public benefit.”
The town was hit by severe flooding this June and July.
“In order to minimise our flood risk we need the upland catchment to be managed so that large areas of degraded blanket bog are restored to a healthy state, with a good cover of sphagnum moss to act as a buffer slowing the run-off during heavy rainfall events,” Ms Kondh said.
“By allowing continued burning Natural England have let us down very badly.”
Update 2 January 2013: here.
- RSPB lodges EU complaint over Walshaw Moor controversy (guardian.co.uk)
- RSPB lodges EU complaint over burning of grouse moor (independent.co.uk)
- Tests reveal that rare bird of prey was shot illegally (independent.co.uk)
- United Kingdom: Fury at minister’s ‘astounding’ refusal to ban deadly bird poison (independent.co.uk)
- Valley celebrates flood recovery (bbc.co.uk)
- Floods force hundreds from homes – Confused.com (confused.com)