The famous heather plateau of Kinder Scout has been made a national nature reserve.
The highland area in the Derbyshire Peak District has been officially designated a national nature reserve, giving the highest statutory protection to the plants, animals and birds (including grouse), which thrive alongside hikers on the Pennine Way. Species expected to benefit on Kinder Scout include threatened birds of prey, such as hen harriers and peregrine falcons. The RSPB is likely to be pleased.
As the welfare of wildlife and protected species becomes an increasingly significant political and electoral matter, questions of shooting, hunting, and fishing – as well as rights of way – will acquire special attention. It is about 80 years since “a column of ramblers, communists and students, singing lustily, stormed England's most sacred grouse moor,” to open up such areas to the hoi polloi for their enjoyment away from the dark, satanic mills of industry.