The Daily Mirror, of all places, published a large feature article yesterday about the damaging effects of grouse moor burning.
Written by Environment Editor Nada Farhoud, the article featured comments from the usual suspects but also some new voices, including a local resident of the North York Moors National Park, Richard Gray, who was quoted:
“They say grouse shooting brings money into the local economy, it brings nothing other than smoke and destruction of our wildlife“.
For some reason the article also included a random photograph of what was alleged to be a poisoned rabbit bait, and another photograph of a dead peregrine ‘believed to have been discovered in North Yorkshire’. The association between grouse moor management and raptor persecution wasn’t really made clear and I would imagine that many Mirror readers would have wondered what any of that had to do with setting fire to the moorlands.
There is a link, of course, and that link is grouse moor management, but it was maybe too subtle in this article.
That’s not to take anything away from the article itself – it’s fantastic to see a mainstream tabloid focusing on this issue.
You can read the article here