NY9627 : Nothing must live here, except that which is to be killed

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, Great Britain

Nothing must live here, except that which is to be killed
Nothing must live here, except that which is to be killed
This land is managed for the sole purpose of maximising its production of grouse, in order that they may be killed at leisure by those paying for a day's shooting. Moorland gripping aims to drain the soil to favour heather (which grouse eat) over sphagnum moss. Heather burning takes place to destroy old-growth woody heather so that regenerating new shoots provide better nourishment for the grouse. Anything which might eat or disturb grouse, or impair their nesting and breeding success, and which may be legally killed, is certainly fair game. Hence, the moorland grips are provided with neat bridges for predators to keep their feet dry, on which are traps to eliminate them completely. Few would argue with such a policy if the aim was to remove introduced carnivores such as mink, but the traps are indiscriminate and , indeed, in other locations are employed illegally in a manner which impedes the right of navigation on streams with considerable risk to human life. Nothing must interfere with the grouse - unless paying for the privilege, of course.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 December, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Country estates  Moorland 
Category (from Tags)
Traps (Wildlife) 
Traps (wildlife)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9675 2786 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.7503N 2:3.1128W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9676 2786
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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