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Moorland management helps save the Welsh Black Grouse population


28th April 2012

The Black Grouse is a striking bird on the Red List of conservation concern. In 14 years the Welsh Black Grouse population has jumped from just 126 displaying males to 328 showing a rise of 38% in each of the last two years alone. Two thirds of the population is found around Ruabon Mountain which […]

Natural England Scraps Its ‘Vital Uplands’ Document

20th April 2012

The Moorland Association is delighted that Natural England has finally seen sense and is to scrap its road map to working in the Uplands. In the process of developing its document ‘Vital Uplands’ the organisation charged with protecting and enhancing wildlife and landscape, did not consult The Moorland Association, despite its members managing over a […]

Enjoy, respect, protect the countryside with the new Countryside Code


20th April 2012

Natural England has re-launching the Countryside Code and the refreshed version gives updated advice on rights of way, controlling dogs around livestock and wildlife, and preventing fires. Natural England, the Moorland Association, the National Farmers Union and the Ramblers are all encouraging people to read the Code to help them enjoy, respect and protect the […]

Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area Wins Government Backing


26th March 2012

The Moorland Association is delighted that one of the 12 Nature Improvement Areas that has attracted funding for landscape-scale restoration is an upland area and congratulates the varied organisation that makes up the Partnership on its success. The Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area covers 25,000 hectares of the Peak District National Park, including 5,800 hectares […]


15th March 2012

Publication of the Defra report ‘Determining the Extent of Use and Humanness of Snares in England and Wales’ The Moorland Association is delighted to note that, in his statement today, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon, recognises the importance of snares for wildlife management. Snaring plays a very important part […]

Fatal fungal disease discovered in threatened moorland juniper

2nd March 2012

Moorland Association members to cease crucial Juniper planting programmes until source of disease is traced. Phytopthera austrocedrus has recently been confirmed as present in Britain. It is a fungus infection that is usually fatal to infected trees and plants and is a notifiable disease requiring biosecurity measures. It has been confirmed in juniper bushes in […]

Moorland Association Landowners Provide Access and Conservation

27th February 2012

The Scott Trial is a British motorcycle trials competition run over an off road course of approximately 84 miles and is one of the most challenging trials events in the UK appealing to clubman riders as well as international professionals. Off-roading on moorland is not permitted via Open Access or on footpaths (both of which […]

Townie-turned-Countryman Wins Leading National Rural Award

L-R George Winn Darley (MA Vice Chair and employer), George Thompson, David Bellamy And Brian Hayes (NGO ET)

22nd February 2012

A grouse moor gamekeeper, who was born a townie, has won a prestigious national rural award – the Bellamy Trophy – for his work promoting countryside conservation and education. The prize is awarded annually by leading environmentalist Professor David Bellamy and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Educational Trust. The 2011 winner George Thompson, who is head […]


13th February 2012

From the start of 2012, the National Trust will be working with its farming and other game managing tenants as well as a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and users of the area, to produce a ‘Master Plan’ which will create a vision and guide the management of the High Peak Moors in […]


30th January 2012

The High Court today ordered a full judicial review of an attempt by Natural England to ban heather burning on blanket bog moorland. The unprecedented action by Natural England to impose a ban on Walshaw Moor Estate in the South Pennines has major implications for grouse moor owners and land managers across England. Mr Justice […]


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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LOCAL PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON The local Peak District community is reflecting on what was a successful grouse shooting season (which officially ended Dec 10th), with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme, due to favourable weather conditions, and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is vitally important to remote […]

YORKSHIRE DALES ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local Yorkshire Dales community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]