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George Monbiot wrote an interesting article in The Guardian. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was mentioned in it.

Thursday 1st March 2018

Photo by James Butler

George Monbiot writes “Britain’s national parks are a farce: they’re being run for a tiny minority”

Tim Birch from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said, “Wildlife in parts of Derbyshire is facing serious problems. The uplands of the Dark Peak in is one such area. Driven grouse shooting and the intensive land management associated with this sport continues to deprive our uplands of the full range of wildlife that should be present in this landscape. It was shocking that last year not one pair of peregrines was able to nest successfully in these uplands – yet this is the area where peregrines recolonised in Derbyshire in the 1960s. The uplands should also be alive with other iconic birds of prey like the hen harrier and the goshawk. They are not.
Mountain hare populations should also be thriving in these areas. Foxes, weasels and stoats are trapped out of existence to protect red grouse populations from predation. Our uplands are also being regularly set on fire to encourage new heather growth for red grouse and our peatbogs are being damaged. Burning leads to the release of carbon contributing to climate change and this intensive management has been linked to increased flooding risk downstream and increased colouring of water in our reservoirs.
Unquestionably there has been fantastic work carried out to restore part of our uplands and this is still continuing in some areas. The question is do we all want these damaging practices to continue in large areas of the National Park in the Peak District? Or is there a different way that can benefit both people and wildlife? Derbyshire Wildlife Trust believes there is a better way to look after our uplands. We see a future where wildlife can flourish and the old land management practices of the past are left behind.”

To read George Monbiot’s article click here.