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How we do it

We work with the Government and some of Britain’s leading land management organisations and charities including Defra, Natural England, Environment Agency, Countryside Alliance, RSPB, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, National Gamekeepers Organisation, The Heather Trust, water companies, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and the National Farmers Union.

Chairman of Natural England, Andrew Sells, gets to grips with modern moorland management equipment

Chairman of Natural England, Andrew Sells, gets to grips with modern moorland management equipment

Forging close ties with influential bodies allows us to foster a greater understanding of the widespread needs and issues surrounding both our moorlands and grouse shooting.

Advising leading legislators and policy makers, we play an important role in guiding and developing new regulations and initiatives. We are are proud to have been actively involved in the hen harrier recovery plan and on-going issues, including brood management. Read more…

Responding to the alarming decline in the black grouse population, our managers have extended their predator control to some 450,000 acres of moorland fringe. In addition, they have planted 1.1 million native trees as a food source in areas favoured by the species. Read more…

They have also plugged in excess of 4,000 km of moorland drainage ditches to help re-wet bogs and many more are planned. Working with peatland restoration partnerships, the mission to re-vegetate and re-profile bare and eroding areas of peat continues in a bid to reduce carbon loss. Read more… 

With a membership made-up of land owners and managers, we regularly consult with them to share information and new land management techniques and best practice. Crucially, the association collects and shares vital information and takes part in important scientific studies into the land, its habitats and wildlife.

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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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Regional moorland groups step up conservation awareness – for peat’s sake The Moorland Association warmly welcomes the news that regional moorland groups are boosting awareness of ongoing peatland restoration work across the North of England. As summer approaches and the weather improves more families venture out to the countryside. Gamekeepers from a variety of regional moorland groups are now encouraging the public to learn more about […]

Dr. Dick Potts – (1939-2017)   The Moorland Association marks the very sad death of former Director General and Director of Research of GWCT, Dick Potts.  Dick Potts was born in 1939 to a farming family in North Yorkshire. From an early age, he took a keen interest in wildlife and he studied zoology at Durham University, where he specialised […]

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