‘Moor’ missing wildlife?

Spectacular views but then it is Yorkshire, but worryingly where was the wildlife?

Beloved of Yorkshire folk & beyond.  Ilkley Moor.

Beloved of Yorkshire folk & beyond. Ilkley Moor.

A couple of Small Heath butterflies and a small, very dark Lizard scurried quickly across the track in front of me.  A solitary ‘windhover’ doing what they do best.  A few Meadow Pipits but little else until we reached the masses ‘mountaineering’ over the Millstone Grit that is at the very heart and soul of ‘baht ‘at’ territory!  Then a few Swallows and a Peacock Butterfly to add to the depauperate list.

Not quite Stonehenge but the 12 Apostles on Ilkley Moor.

Not quite Stonehenge but the 12 Apostles on Ilkley Moor.

Heard Grouse, saw a single Red Grouse, found the remains of a casualty – no more the evocative bubbling voice that typifies moorland from this Curlew.

Perhaps a peregrine took a fancy to it, after itself running the gauntlet?  Maybe another one of those nasty predators destroying the wildlife of the upland moors?  Just possibly maybe at a distance a flying mottled brown object  on an upland moor could be construed as 'game'?

Perhaps a peregrine took a fancy to it, after itself running the gauntlet? Maybe another one of those nasty predators destroying the wildlife of the upland moors? Just possibly maybe at a distance a flying mottled brown object on an upland moor could be construed as ‘game’?

Magnificent views and before long some oddly placed markers or were they shoot pegs?  Bradford Council, who owns much of Ilkley Moor and who promote open access to the moors has recently agreed to allow grouse shooting to continue on their holding.  The Report by the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee Ilkley Moor Sporting Rights Deed (2013) can be reviewed here.

Answers on a postcard please ....

Answers on a postcard please ….

Thus far according to the research (not mine) some 45 people from the Doncaster constituencies have signed the epetition “Ban driven grouse shooting”, can we swell the number from the wider Humberhead Levels?  See ‘Standing up for nature’ for an explanation of the statistics as well as excellent and extremely erudite argument.

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