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Moorland Association Response To Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative Report

19th December 2018

Following the publication of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative report on birds of prey in the National Park, Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said:

“2018 has seen the return of the hen harrier for the first time in four years and the re-colonisation of historic Merlin and Peregrine breeding sites for the first time since 2011.”

“Merlin are bucking national trends of decline, remaining stable in the Dark Peak, but the weather has taken its toll on numbers of chicks. Further collaboration is the key to future success and earlier reporting of breeding behaviour may help boost known figures further. Furthermore, collective efforts to tackle suspected persecution of any species need to be sustained.”

The full report can be found following this link: https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/learning-about/news/current-news/peak-district-bird-of-prey-initiative-highlights-mixed-fortunes-for-birds-of-prey-in-the-national-park

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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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