Grouse shooting to continue on Ilkley Moor

Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is to be allowed to continue until 2018 after Bradford Council's Executive Committee rejected a petition to reconsider its policy.

Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is to be allowed to continue until 2018 Credit: Press Association

Predator control on the Moor will be halted though.

Campaigners from the Ban Bloodsports Ilkley Moor (BBIM) group, led by Luke Steele, argued that shooting and related management have resulted in a decreased biodiversity and breaches of the contract.

The council opted to continue the grouse shoot until the current deed expires in 2018, however end all forms of predator control, including trapping.

BBIM said they welcome the progress but says allowing shooting to continue will deplete the grouse population on the Moor.

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) welcomes the progression made towards ending the grouse shoot, the last of its kind in the country to take place on a public moor, in 2018. However, we raise concerns that the continuation of shooting itself will result in the depletion of the red grouse population of Ilkley Moor and fails to address conflicts with moor users.

– Luke Steele, BBIM

Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor is a coalition of campaigners across West Yorkshire seeking an end to grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor. BBIM represents the interests of wildlife and the rights of walkers through peaceful protests, education, lobbying and lawful direct action.