Driven Grouse Shooting must be brought to an end. See some of the reason why below.

There are sufficient reasons depicted by the images below, including Chris Packham’s video,  why we should all sign the ongoing petition calling for the banning of Driven Grouse shooting in England. We would ask each of you to please take a few moment to sign and share the petition to your friends to ensure the government take our views seriously.

Sign the petition here please. 

Petition asking our government to consider Banning Driven Grouse Shooting. Wilful blindness is no longer an option.

Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.
Environment; muirburn impacts negatively upon climate change and drainage leads to flooding and erosion. Wildlife; the wholesale culling of all predators and Mountain Hares has a disastrous effect on the ecology of these areas and the industry is underpinned by a criminal tradition of raptor persecution which shows no signs of abating. It’s time to provide an opportunity to implement immediate , legislative and meaningful measures to address this abhorrently destructive practice.

Please Sign this petition

Petition Deadline 13 February 2020

Hen Harrier Suffers Savage Brutality caught in a Spring Trap, Leadhills Estate South Lanarkshire

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Immature Golden Eagle caught by the leg in a Spring Trap this week.

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Shot Buzzard

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A dead Badger trapped by an illegally set wire snare. The Badger died an horrific slow death on a grouse moor. 

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3 shot Peregrine chicks in their nest

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3 Peregrine chicks plus the adult male all shot to death on nesting ledge

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5 day old Peregrine chick alive alongside 2 eggs in ground nest containing dead embryos. Ice crystals placed over eggs to prevent hatching; very common practice on some Bowland Grouse moors.

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A second Peregrine eyrie containing a dead embryo where ice crystals had been place on top of the single eggs just as it was hatching.  

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Peregrine nesting ledge where rock face completely destroyed having been pulled to the ground. 

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Fox cub snared by the neck in an illegally set wire snare on grouse moor.

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Badger illegally snared horrific injuries to the neck. Left to die a cruel and painful death

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Fox killed and then thrown onto a stink pit to lure additional animals and bird to their deaths

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Dead Red Kite poisoned

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Dozens of discarded shot peasants. Why shoot them if they are not wanted?

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Poisoned Red Kite

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Hen Harrier chicks found dismembered with their heads cut off in their nest

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An illegally set funnel trap containing to rotting remains of a dead bird 

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illegally set Funnel trap containing a dead Tawny owl

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Stink pit containing the rotting corpses of dozens of shot discarded pheasants

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Cat trapped by the foot in an illegally set spring trap on a grouse moor. The cat was lucky, it was recued and made a full recovery after being treated by a vey.

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The dead corpses of 9 buzzards, each having been killed illegally

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Male Peregrine found shot

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Shot Goshawk

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Poisoned Golden Eagle

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An illegally set pole trap

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An illegally trapped Buzzard

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Peregrine eggs containing dead embryo’s after being covered in ice crystals, on grouse moor. 

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Trap place over water course containing dead stoat

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Dead Goshawk, the result of having been trapped in an illegal spring trap. One leg almost completely severed. 

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Poisoned Golden Eagle

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Shot Marsh Harrier

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Gamekeeper filmed clubbing Buzzards to death in crow trap

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5 dead Buzzards

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Crow trap often used to catch protected raptors on grouse moors

Finally a selection of stink pits used by gamekeepers to dump the corpses of dead and rotting animals they have killed. The decaying mass is intended to lure other unsuspecting animals to their deaths. Usually these additional targets are caught by a multitude of wire snares carefully positioned to encircle the rotting bodies contained in each stink pit.

Please be aware these images are graphic and very disturbing, highlighting the kind of animal management taking place on most grouse moors, and as far as we are aware a totally an unlicensed activity.

Stink Pits the use of.

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The corpses of 3 trapped foxes surrounding this stink pit, abhorrent and sickening wildlife management  

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Close up of rotting corpses within the stick pit, the stench lures other forms of wildlife to their deaths, including protected species.

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The corpse of a hare rotted to just a skeleton

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The bodies of multiple dead hares left to rot as an enticement to other animals which are then snared

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This stink pit holds a variety of rotting animals, the stench is horrendous.

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An open stink pit containing a variety of rotting animal corpses, including several foxes. the body fluids can be seen running down the sloping hill towards nearby water courses.

8 comments to Driven Grouse Shooting must be brought to an end. See some of the reason why below.

  • Peter Leicester

    Totally unacceptable. Cruel and barbaric!

  • Valerie Dillon

    Barbaric , cruel and shameful .

  • David Candlin

    I am sick to the stomach of this carnage!!., I recommend direct action target the bastards and every they are involved with! And I mean everything show them up in public OSTRACISE THEM!! The government do nothing WE HAVE TO!

  • Paul Shortall

    It’s very counterproductive ~ people would travel to see the abundance of wildlife

  • No traps any where please

  • Anita Gallagher

    Should NEVER be legal?

  • Anne Kerin

    What happens when you put money before everything on this planet? You destroy your own soul?

  • Nothing surprises me I have seen it all in my area, i have reported a lot of incidents in my area photos grid refs and i mean a lot they are still there all they do is change the keepers take the stink pit down set up a new one. 20 years I have done this until the government and police take it seriosly it will carry on, but we can only carry on and keep up the pressure till we make huge inroads.