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Heather burning and the need for all to be on the same page

15th March 2017

The Moorland Association welcomes continuing debate about heather burning and the opportunity to present the facts and address misconceptions. An article in the Shooting Times by retired head gamekeeper Lindsay Waddell, a former chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation ably describes the consequences of a ban on heather burning (‘Upland Keeper’, Wednesday 15th March). However, […]

Onwards and Uplands

9th March 2017

The campaign to ensure a brighter future for England’s uplands marches on. Recently, over 80 people gathered from across the north of England at Newton Rigg College, Penrith under the banner of the Uplands Alliance. The purpose was to discuss building a future for the Northern Uplands post Brexit. The outcomes from the January meeting […]

Shooting makes a huge contribution to the rural economy

1st February 2017

  THE Moorland Association’s director, Amanda Anderson, welcomed information given to EFRA that painted a clear picture of the important role played by shooting communities in bolstering rural economies, adding grouse shooting alone was worth £15 million to local businesses.       Revenue generated by shooting is a “vital source of income” for rural […]

Andrew Sells continues as Natural England’s chairman

17th January 2017

NEWS that Andrew Sells has been reappointed chairman of Natural England (NE) has been warmly welcomed by The Moorland Association members. Chairman Robert Benson said he was delighted and looked forward to continuing working closely with Mr Sells during his next three years in office. He added: “We are indebted to Andrew’s invaluable and unstinting […]

Moorland management cited as Scottish golden eagle numbers rise

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11th November 2016

NEWS that Scotland’s population of golden eagles has grown by 15 percent over the last decade has been hailed by conservationists. Results of the fourth national golden eagle survey show numbers of the bird of prey have increased to 508 pairs from 442 in the last survey in 2003. Experts say the figures show the […]

EFRA Committee report on flood risk management

2nd November 2016

The Moorland Association welcomes today’s (2 November) report from the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on future flood prevention.  The report is striking in two different ways.  First, despite the claims made by opponents of driven grouse shooting that grouse moors are responsible for increased flood risk, there is no mention at all […]

Landmark Westminster debate heartening for all supporters of driven grouse shooting

2nd November 2016

A Westminster Hall debate on grouse shooting took place on October 31st in response to two petitions; one to protect driven grouse shooting and one to ban it. The three hour debate was very well attended and the Moorland Association would like to thank all those MPs who spoke or intervened in the debate. Clearly many […]

Grouse Shooting Debate

Grouse chicks feed on insects for the first 10 – 14 days of their life before moving on to the adult diet of fresh heather tips.

22nd October 2016

The Director of the Moorland Association, Amanda Anderson, gave evidence to a joint session of the House of Commons Petitions and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committees on 18 October. The meeting had been called to enable MPs to be better informed on grouse moor management, prior to a debate called for 31 October to […]

Rural groups launch new snaring code

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21st October 2016

THE UK’s leading rural groups have launched their new code of practice on the use of snares for fox control in England. The 12-page code is a collaboration between the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance (CA), The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), The Moorland Association, CLA, […]

Moorland owners part of an ‘inspiring success story’

Grouse moor management helps maintain some of our most beautiful countryside

15th September 2016

Moorland owners are delighted to be part of a success story revealed yesterday  in The State of Nature 2016 report, highlighting how targeted conservation can make a real difference to struggling bird species. While the report says 56 percent of species studied had declined over recent decades – and more than one in 10 of […]

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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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Heather burning and the need for all to be on the same page The Moorland Association welcomes continuing debate about heather burning and the opportunity to present the facts and address misconceptions. An article in the Shooting Times by retired head gamekeeper Lindsay Waddell, a former chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation ably describes the consequences of a ban on heather burning (‘Upland Keeper’, Wednesday 15th March). However, […]

Onwards and Uplands The campaign to ensure a brighter future for England’s uplands marches on. Recently, over 80 people gathered from across the north of England at Newton Rigg College, Penrith under the banner of the Uplands Alliance. The purpose was to discuss building a future for the Northern Uplands post Brexit. The outcomes from the January meeting […]

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