Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting. (Hen Harriers & Peregrines). Made by Tom Wood

This video has been released for a second time after minor editing today (12/7/2017), sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts. Interviews with Natalie Bennett, Dr Mark Avery and Terry Pickford, a founder member of the North West Raptor Protection Group, who has worked to conserve raptors inside the Forest of Bowland since 1974.



“On Friday 7 July we posted a version of this film on Youtube.  It included a 20 seconds clip from a film made by the Fieldsports Channel.  This seemed to be entirely reasonable under the principle of fair dealing, which allows you to use short pieces of other people’s work for the purpose of commenting on that work.  By juxtaposing the industry’s self congratulatory celebration of this “expensive” and “exclusive” (their words) pastime, with Mark Avery’s comments about how the wider public subsidise the activity we were reinforcing the point Mark expressly makes that “There’s quite a big issue of fairness here.”  However Youtube took down the film and we have therefore uploaded another version without the Fieldsports Channel material.

What we have done however, is put a link to the film I borrowed from immediately below this film and you can achieve more or less the effect I intended by watching the first 20 seconds at the point indicated in the new version of this film.  In fact the whole of “Driven Grouse, All You Need to Know” is worth a watch.”

To view the clip removed which the owners objected to Tom Wood including, click on the link below and watch until “It’s expensive, it’s exclusive…”

4 comments to Revised Video: Driven Grouse Shooting. (Hen Harriers & Peregrines). Made by Tom Wood

  • Brian Leecy

    This is great,the more it gets out into the Public Domain the better,regards and see you all on Hen Harrier Day

  • Dear Readers,

    Despite all the good intentions of the forthcoming Hen Harrier protest day at Bowland, I fear that again nothing positive will result in terms of Hen Harrier conservation.

    It’s patently obvious that “they”, the persecutors, can act with complete impunity year on year. The only response that will bring about change will be if the grouse hunting industry in Bowland is hit by action of a hunt saboteur nature that will seriously disrupt the hunts on the few days that they take place.

    If the people (grouse hunters) who pay large amounts of money find that their visit to the area is spoiled by noisy protesters firing flares, blowing whistles etc, making the hunt a failure and a complete waste of time it will create a new problem for the hunt organisers.

    Fox hunting and hare coursing ended only because motivated people who had had enough, bothered to turn up to protest at these events, at times risking personal injury and heavy fines.

    Sadly this is not the case for those opposed to grouse hunting and so we have the situation at present.

    Perhaps we are missing the youthful energy and anger to bring about a series of ongoing robust protests at grouse hunting events. This needn’t involve violence or even trespassing to be a success and cast the media’s eye on the issue, as we see with these days with fracking.

    Petitions are a nice idea, but positive action as alluded to above is the only way to make progress.


  • Albert Ross

    Join the club Colin. This has been my view since the first Dunsob Bridge protest day. I deplored the extremes of the “Hunt Sab yobs BUT feel that Grouse shooting lends itself to a more peaceful but equally disruptive protest.
    All that is needed is something akin to the Kinder Trespass or yore and an expensive days shooting is ruined.
    Then the simple message will get through to even the thickest shooting syndicate. “We are not protesting your right to shoot Grouse but if you kill our harriers we will kill your fun!”
    A well timed ramble on the moor is all that would be needed.
    So will you organise it? Count me in!

  • che

    Positive action required…Clearly peaceful action hasn’t achieved it’s goal..In fact I believe it has gotten much worse.