Glossop farm’s countryside conservation
Thursday 12th October 2017 14:37 Glossop Chronicle News Posted by Adam Higgins

A Glossop farm whose land is one of the region’s top grouse shooting moors is spending £300,000 on conservation. 

Thomas Kier, of Mossy Lea Farm, with land bordering the Snake Pass, says the money will restore 200 hectares from ‘barren land’ back into moorland shrub.

Mr Kier told the Chronicle: “We are very fortunate to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep and look forward to welcoming shooting parties on our grouse moor each year.

“Estate owners and moorland managers throughout the Peak District are dedicated to restoring as much of the area’s iconic moorland shrub as possible, re-vegetating areas of bare peat which benefits the wider environmental health of the moors and re-introducing native plant species.”

Part of the Peak District Moorland Group, Mossy Lea in recent years has also completed an English Woodland Grant Scheme which saw 25,000 trees planted in a 4km long clough planting area as a flood mitigation project.

As well as undertaking a major heather rejuvenation programme of aerial seeding costing £40,000.

The conservation and economic benefits of grouse shooting provided by moorland managers in the Peak District has been highlighted in a just released new survey.

A snap shot of estates surveyed by the group shows they will be hosting more than 90 driven shoot days throughout the season, with many more running on other estates throughout northern England.

The survey shows that on average, each grouse moor will employ around 35 people per shoot day, including local youngsters.

Of the estates surveyed, an estimated 3,150 work days of additional employment will be provided for those assisting in shoot days, including beaters, flankers, loaders, pickers-up and caterers.

The survey also showed that moorland owners and gamekeepers across the whole of the Peak District Moorland Group carry out vital conservation work on some 48,000 hectares of precious heather moorland in the area, much of which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

All of which the group say reveal the economic and conservation value of grouse moors.

 

Main picture:

Shooting: Beaters and shooters on Mossy Lea farm land 

 

By David Jones