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National Trust terminates another grouse-shooting lease after more evidence of suspected wildlife crime in Peak District National Park

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National Trust terminates another grouse-shooting lease after more evidence of suspected wildlife crime in Peak District National Park

Derbyshire

Date of alert:

Friday, 3 March 2023

Crime Ref:

Force:

Derbyshire Constabulary

The National Trust (NT) has terminated another grouse-shooting lease in the Peak District National Park after the RSPB uncovered evidence of suspected wildlife crime on one of the NT’s tenanted grouse moors.

The shooting lease, on NT moorland at Park Hall, was held by a nearby grouse shooting estate called the Hurst & Chunal. It is understood that the NT lease on Park Hall was a short-term, one-year lease, initially.

However, in February 2021 the RSPB filmed an unidentified individual at dusk on Park Hall, placing rodenticide blocks (Brodifacoum) inside holes on the moorland that were suspected to be part of a badger sett. This was reported to Derbyshire police who launched an investigation, along with Natural England and the Health & Safety Executive. The RSPB has published a detailed blog about this case

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National Trust terminates another grouse-shooting lease after more evidence of suspected wildlife crime in Peak District National Park
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