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Goathland moorland

The Duchy of Lancaster has re-let its extensive grouse moor at Goathland on a long-term improving lease to be managed by specialist moorland agents, BH Sporting.

The two grouse moors, which extend to nearly 5,000 acres and include an area of Special Scientific Interest, form part of the North Yorkshire Moors and have belonged to the Duchy since the 13th century. One of the country’s most spectacular areas of heather moorland, Goathland and Wheeldale Moors have been carefully managed and maintained by the Duchy to preserve their natural beauty and the diversity of their flora and fauna.

Commenting on the new lease, BH Sporting said: “The preservation of this vibrant moorland requires careful and experienced management. As the leading specialists in grouse moor recovery and sporting estate management, BH Sporting are ideally placed to administer this and to maintain this abundant moorland for generations to come.”

Under the new lease, four full-time gamekeepers will work on the grouse moor and will be responsible for its upkeep and maintenance.

The Duchy of Lancaster estate at Goathland covers a total of 4,532 hectares and also includes upland grazing, as well as areas of common land in the popular village of the same name.