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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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STATEMENT ON ILKLEY MOOR ARSONIST SENTENCE The Moorland Association responds to the sentencing of Mohammed Zulkifl at Bradford Crown Court today. Zulkifl pleaded guilty to committing arson on Ilkley Moor in April and was sentenced to a young offender’s institution for 27 months. Passing the sentence Judge Durham Hall remarked: “This case is a matter that has come to considerable public […]

Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier fly high over grouse moors The arrival of the grouse shooting season has been enhanced by an upsurge of breeding success stories including Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Hen Harrier. A survey of 14 grouse moors on the North York Moors revealed they hosted at least 25 nests of Merlin in 2019.  Eighteen of these nests were monitored by gamekeepers and […]

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