Natural England is to investigate a grouse-shooting estate’s recent burning of sphagnum moss and apparently unconsented construction of infrastructure on the highly-protected Natura 2000 site of Walshaw Moor, above Hebden Bridge.
Walshaw Moor Estate has undertaken these actions in order to intensify their industrial-scale grouse shooting business.
Natural England has agreed to investigate Walshaw Moor Estate’s:
- apparent deepening and widening of ditches that they’ve been paid to block, on Heather Hill blanket bog
- unconsented construction of steps up to newly constructed grouse shooting butts in deep peat/blanket bog adjacent to Hole Sike
- apparently unconsented construction of a tarmac car park
- burning which destroyed sphagnum moss