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2nd August 2012

AS the grouse shooting season beckons, moorland owners fear an EU spinach ruling threatens the centuries-old tradition.A ban on the only effective bracken control herbicide will change the face of Britain’s countryside, devastate wildlife and destroy land management worth around £100 million a year.So say Moorland Association (MA) members, who are facing the start of […]


3rd July 2012

The charity Lyme Disease Action is running its annual conference in Carlisle on Saturday July 21st. Chairman Stella Huyshe-Shires, who contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite in her garden, says “This conference is suitable for the public, for doctors and for anyone with Health and Safety responsibilities for rural workers.” Full details of the […]

Lancashire Hosts Biggest Moorland Wildfire Training Exercise.

29th May 2012

One year on from England’s biggest wildfire that burnt 6 km2 of precious moorland, Lancashire now has its very own Fire Operations Group. To mark its formation, the group held a massive moorland training exercise on Bleasdale Fell in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A kilometre or more of fire hose […]

Peak District organisations condemn destruction of goshawk nest

11th May 2012

The Moorland Association and four other leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park have condemned the destruction of a goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley. The organisations – the Moorland Association, the National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and the RSPB – were responding to the discovery […]

Black Grouse Population Doubles and Kick Starts Unique Project


3rd May 2012

The encouraging results of the population survey carried out by The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust follows two successive breeding years when the weather has been much kinder to the charismatic wild birds. Numbers fell to below 500 males in 2010 when the northern uplands were hit by the worst winter weather conditions for almost […]

Yorkshire Dales Society visits Dallowgill Moor

30th April 2012

Sixteen YDS members and friends, plus local MP Julian Smith, enjoyed a memorable visit to Dallowgill Moor, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, hosted by ex Moorland Association Chairman, Simon Bostock. Simon Bostock and his head gamekeeper Bruce Watson explained what equipment was used on the estate for fire fighting, pest, rush and bracken control, and the point […]

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 […]


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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Moorland Association supports World Curlew Day With their long downcurved bills and unique call, curlews are among the most recognisable of all wading birds. However, these large beautiful birds are also among the most threatened migratory birds in existence. As Europe’s largest and most distinctive wading bird, the curlew has been added to the ‘red list’ of threatened UK birds with […]

Moorland Association proud to be a partner in UK’s first collaborative Peatland Strategy The Moorland Association is delighted to have contributed to the UK’s inaugural collaborative Peatland Strategy which was published today by the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and outlines a shared vision for a brighter future for UK’s peatlands. There is currently more carbon stored in the UK’s peatland than in the combined forests of Britain and […]