JontyBASC has released the second of its #NoMoorMyths films to tackle the propaganda surrounding grouse shooting and moorland conservation.

The clip features Jonty Haighton, proprietor of the Inn at Whitewell, explaining how those taking part in grouse shooting on the nearby moors help support jobs at the renowned pub, restaurant and hotel.

Duncan Thomas, BASC’s northern England director, said: “The Inn at Whitewell is an iconic establishment in shooting circles. There is possibly nowhere like it on the eve of a shoot or after a day on the moors.

“That leaves its staff perfectly placed to understand the benefits of grouse shooting to the community. They see people coming through the door because of shooting and spending money on rooms, in the bar and in the restaurant because of shooting. That is money which pays wages and filters directly back into the community.”

BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “These films highlight the importance of grouse shooting to local people and local businesses. It is crucial to the long-term well-being of these communities that we dispel myths perpetuated by internet trolls and celebrity bullies.”

The first film, featuring gamekeeper Jack Depledge, has been shared extensively across social media after being released on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. On Facebook alone, it has been viewed almost 11,000 times. The Twitter hashtag #NoMoorMyths is also gathering support.

Both videos are available to view on the YouTube channel


Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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