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Our Common Cause project takes another step forward

2nd November 2017

As a partnership organisation involved in the Our Common Cause project, we would like to congratulate the Foundation for Common Land and the National Trust on successfully securing a first round Heritage Grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to develop a detailed second round application for submission in March 2019.

The project aims to enhance the cultural and ecological heritage of upland commons which will see thousands of acres of heather moorland habitat benefit from an improved working relationship between collaborative organisations to strengthen the ability to safeguard and manage the uplands.

To achieve this, the project will build on the findings of the Better Outcomes on Upland Commons report which conducted five case studies in areas with strong pastoral commoning traditions, two of which were on moorland managed for grouse shooting – Danby in the North York Moors and West Arkengarthdale in the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire case studies were hailed in the report as examples of commons where everyone worked well together. From this collaboration tangible gains were highlighted for the economy as well as vital land management actions including predator and bracken control and well managed sheep flocks in maintaining or improving the quality of precious wildlife habitats designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Furthermore, both grouse moor case studies evidenced good numbers of the precious moorland birds including curlew, lapwing, golden plover and merlin.

Now you can play your part as the National Trust seeks to employ a Project Development Manager to develop the second round HLF Heritage Grant application and seek further funding for the Our Common Cause project and in the process, help to build stronger working relations between project stakeholders so as to facilitate better outcomes on common land. The successful candidate will be seconded to the Foundation for Common Land to carry out this role.

Full job description can be found at link below. Deadline for applications is 9th November:


Did You Know?

75% of of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain – but this area declined alarmingly over the latter part of the last century. The Moorland Association was set up in 1986 to coordinate the efforts of moorland owners and managers to halt this loss, particularly in England and Wales.

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