Corporate landowners large and small have the power to improve upland wildlife and habitat with policy reforms. Working together we can maximise the potential effects of commitments to protect and restore moorland nature. Wild Moors’ corporate outreach works with businesses to help them identify and implement reforms whilst inspiring them to see the full potential of the uplands.
Ending grouse shooting on corporate moors
Moors owned by companies and the government represent a considerable area of the UK’s uplands which are currently intensively managed for grouse shooting. Across these valuable landscapes, which are owned as water catchments or for their cultural value, wildlife is persecuted and habitat damaged by shooting tenants seeking to artificially drive up grouse populations.
Landowners which end grouse shooting on their moors see benefits to wildlife, the environment and local communities. Valuable ecosystem services are restored through habitat regeneration, not biodiversity, carbon storage, flood mitigation and the provision of clean water.
Ending grouse shooting is a climate-conscious and business-savvy decision for corporate landowners. In April, property consultancy Knight Frank forecast that landowners which prioritise grouse shooting over delivering natural capital and climate solutions can expect to see land values drop.