The moors above Hebden Bridge are some of Yorkshire’s most iconic beauty spots – and also a vital source of biodiversity, a huge natural carbon sink and a natural means of slowing the flow of pluvial flooding into the Upper Calder Valley – if not mismanaged for grouse shooting.
Yorkshire Water has put them in jeopardy. The company lets out uplands to grouse shooters who decimate the wildlife for sport by trap and gun. Not only this – large sections of heather are deliberately burnt to increase game bird numbers, destroying blanket bog and contributing to flooding in the valley and other sections of the county. By leasing out land for grouse shooting, Yorkshire Water is damaging wildlife, habitat, visitor experiences and the regional economy.
What shall we do? Saturday 11 August is the day before the start of the grouse shooting season. We will hold a respectful protest in Hebden Bridge’s Town Square to urge Yorkshire Water to stop leasing land above the town for grouse shooting.
Are you ready to take action?
► Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
► Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
► Time: 11:30am
► Address: The Town Square (St George’s Square), Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX
Confirmed speakers: Luke Steele (Co-Founder, Ban Bloodsports on Yorkshire’s Moors), Nick Weston (Head of Campaigns, League Against Cruel Sports), Dominic Dyer (CEO, Badger Trust), Ros Berrington (Wildlife monitor across Calder Valley).
Posters and leaflets will be provided, but please bring along your friends and family.
Nearest Train Station: Hebden Bridge (10 minutes)
Buses run through regularly from Keighley, Haworth, Halifax, Huddersfield, Todmorden, Burnley and Rochdale. For more details visit West Yorkshire Metro: www.wymetro.com