PROTESTERS gathered in a Yorkshire Pennine town yesterday on the so-called “Glorious Twelfth” — the start of the grouse shooting season.
Moorland is regularly burned to make the moors more suitable for breeding grouse.But the burning destroys moss which is highly retentive of water. With the moss gone — and along with it other wildlife who make it their habitat — rainfall is not absorbed, and runs straight off the moors.
Campaigners say burning the moors is a contributory factor to floods which have devastated northern England, including the floods on Boxing Day last year.
Yesterday’s protest took place in Hebden Bridge, one of the communities worst-hit by floods in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.
The town is the base for campaign group “Ban the Burn.”After rallying in St George’s Square, the protesters marched up into the Pennine hills to Walshaw Moor, which has been regularly burned for grouse shooting.