Gamekeepers Disgraceful Wastage – surplus pheasant dumped.


This footage depicts the corpses of approximately 200 rotting pheasants, which had been shot before being dumped adjacent an open crow trap on a red grouse moor.

The video was captured on a shooting estate in the Forest of Bowland today – 15/01/17 and undermines claims that all pheasants shot are then disposed of sustainably. Really?


Of the 35 million + pheasants released in Britain each year, how many of these birds end up disposed of like this on other shooting estates across our country? So where is Natural England’s justification now for continuing to issue licenses allowing gamekeepers to needlessly kill Buzzards under licence to protect their precious pheasant in and around their (often open top) pens?



If gamekeepers on just one estate are able to dispose of so many surplus pheasants in such a wasteful way, we would strongly suggest Natural England must go back to court and challenge the original court ruling. These images clearly prove estates are themselves discarding more pheasants than are being predated by buzzards. Surely, no further licenses should be issued if pheasants can be treated in such a disgraceful cavalier manner by their custodians.



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8 comments to Gamekeepers Disgraceful Wastage – surplus pheasant dumped.

  • First I congratulate you and your team in finding this terrible waste of life. This is the reason i firmly believe nothing should be done to scare BOP away from Pheasant pens there are plenty of birds put down every year to shoot. Its all in days work for these Boys they dont care about our wildlife and this proves it. The worst thing is this will be happening all over the UK.

  • Trapit

    It’s possible they could be birds the game dealer has discarded as damaged.
    However,even with these it is often possible to maybe take the breast meat off,which by the look of it is not the case here.
    If from a single shoot day, there must be an awful lot of unsporting birds,hard mouthed dogs,or bad handling afterwards.
    Maybe a combination.

  • Thorbjorn Odinsberg

    So why aren’t you naming and shaming this estate?

  • Peter Woodruff

    Nothing new here, I’ve seen this sickening sight years ago in Bowland, as if to make matters even more sickening on this ocassion the ‘pile’ I saw had been torched like the rest of the moors will be again soon.

    No justification now – well there never was – for Natural England’s handing out licenses to kill Buzzards to protect the Pheasant so it can be shot, and then dumped in a pile to be burned.

  • adam

    Disgusting! But it is a disgusting industry so what is not to be shocked by in their treatment of wildlife.

  • Alastair Henderson

    Isn’t there something odd about collectively dumping so many carcasses inside a retaining fence on the open moor[albeit adjacent to a crow trap]?
    I would have expected to see perhaps a couple of carcasses place inside the trap as bait to draw crows inside?
    What purpose is served in this instance and other similar reported instances?

  • Alastair, Its to draw Predators in to the area, once they have been in and fed more will be put into the crowtrap which will then be baited ie decoy bird and food and thats when the Birds will go into the trap hope this is helpful.

  • It’s not correct to describe the wire and batten structure beside the dead pheasants as a crow trap. It catches much more than just members of the crow family. They are often baited with flaked maize, to draw corvids, but with a live pigeon inside they will also pull in birds of prey, large and small. These traps should be inspected every day, by law, and it is rare that they are. Smaller moorland birds are also trapped collaterally and released when the keeper visits. Often the traps will have a pan of water beside the maize and a deep litter of rotting bodies of dead birds. Life in the country!