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National Trust tightens up the rules on grouse shooting

The National Trust has tightened up the rules surrounding management of a vast expanse of moorland in the Peak District for grouse shooting. Following a consultation held over the spring, the National Trust—which manages the 32,000 hectare High Peak Estate on behalf of the nation—has agreed that trapping and snaring of […]

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Wildlife crime on Britain’s grouse moors hits highest level since records began

Attacks on protected birds of prey rose last year to the highest level since records began 30 years ago, with almost two thirds linked to gamebird shooting, according to a new report published by the RSPB. The charity’s annual Birdcrime report revealed that there were 137 confirmed incidents of bird of […]

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Police probe goshawk killing on Queen’s grouse moor

A protected goshawk has been illegally killed on one of North Yorkshire’s most iconic grouse moors owned by Her Majesty The Queen. North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into the Duchy of Lancaster’s Goathland Estate, nestled in the heart of the North York Moors, after being handed footage (available here) by Wild […]

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Police back tougher penalties for bird of prey crime

Leading police officers have met with senior government ministers to seek stronger powers for investigating and prosecuting bird of prey persecution. It comes as a wave of wildlife crime continues on grouse moors with birds of prey having been found illegally shot, poisoned and trapped. Incidents have included five dead buzzards—four of […]