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TOP TESTIMONY FOR MOORLAND MANAGEMENT

18th July 2013

The Moorland Association hosted a meeting on Grinton Moor with Natural England’s Chair (Poul Christensen) and Chief Executive (David Webster) who wanted to see firsthand the work that goes on to manage England’s spectacular heather moorland, and to understand more about the management that creates the special conditions for grouse and other moorland wildlife. The […]

LANTERN REPORT LACKS LUSTER – WHILST MIDLANDS CHOKE ON ACRID SMOKE

2nd July 2013

Just weeks after Defra said that the impact on the environment from sky lanterns is low and had no plans to insist that manufacturers and retailers switch to readily available eco-friendly designs, an inferno at a plastic recycling centre caused £6,000,000 damage, injured eleven fire fighters and saw 100,000 tonnes of plastic go up in […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION BACKS LEAD SHOT COMPLIANCE CAMPAIGN

3rd June 2013

BRITISH shooting and country land management organisations have come together to launch a campaign to remind individuals to comply with the law on the use of lead shot. In England, it has been illegal to use lead shot over all foreshore, specified Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and for the shooting of all wildfowl wherever […]

5000 ACRE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

30th May 2013

Ground-breaking opportunities for game keeping, agriculture and countryside students have been announced by Askham Bryan College which is taking on a prestigious grouse moor once used by royalty. The specialist land-based College has leased 5,000 acres of moorland at Shap, Cumbria, as a practical resource for students from its campuses in York and at Newton […]

LANTERN REPORT LACKS LUSTER

21st May 2013

A key conclusion about significant fire risk in the countryside has been ignored by Defra, said The Moorland Association. Defra has said that the impact on the environment from sky lanterns is low and therefore has no plans to insist that manufacturers and retailers switch to readily available eco-friendly designs. However, the report by ADAS […]

RINGING IN MOORLAND RARE BIRD GAINS

21st May 2013

ONE of the country’s most threatened bird species is bucking serious decline by finding a protected haven. Parts of the North York Moors are continuing to see steady numbers of ring ouzels, despite a dramatic fall in population across the UK in recent years. A study in 1999 put the ring ouzel on the Red […]

CHAIN REACTION TO BOG RESEARCH

27th March 2013

GUARDIANS of 850,000 acres of precious UK heather moorland have welcomed major government-backed blanket bog management research. Moorland Association members say the five-year project commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is expected to shed new light on complex ecological issues. Chairman, Robert Benson, explained that Britain had three quarters of […]

Government’s Measured Response On Wildlife Crime.

18th March 2013

The Government should be congratulated on its measured response to the Environment Audit Committee’s Report on Wildlife Crime (2012-13) and for its recognition of the good progress that has been made since 2004, says the Moorland Association. In its written evidence to the Environment Audit Committee on Wildlife Crime, The Moorland Association welcomed an initiative […]

Temporary Triumph in Bracken Battle

27th February 2013

Moorland owners are heralding a temporary triumph following furore over an EU ban on the only effective bracken control herbicide. The ruling that came into force on January 1 has been given a short UK reprieve, following intensive campaigning by The Bracken Control Group, backed by the Moorland Association. Following new advice from the government’s […]

Bird of prey poisoning maps welcomed by Moorland Association

12th February 2013

Maps showing where birds of prey have been poisoned should serve as a wake-up call, Environment Minister Richard Benyon said today. The maps, published for the first time by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW), highlight both the number and location of confirmed poisonings of birds of prey from 2007 to 2011 across […]

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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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SOMETHING TO GROUSE ABOUT: UPLAND COMMUNITIES FEEL MULTIMILLION POUND IMPACT OF POOR GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON Rural upland businesses and communities across the north of England have been counting the cost of a poor grouse shooting season and a financial loss that runs into millions of pounds. Over the course of the four-month season which finishes today, an estimated 70% of shoot days were cancelled. Recent survey data indicates the financial […]

‘WILD CHEF’ RALPH SKRIPEK GETS GREAT BRITISH GAME WEEK OFF TO A FLYING START Ralph Skripek, the ‘Wild Chef’, got Great British Game Week (GBGW) off to a flyer as he cooked up a range of innovative and delicious grouse dishes in Bakewell today. In the town traditionally associated with a tart rather than game, Skripek produced a variety of different grouse dishes to demonstrate the versatility of what […]

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