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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 […]


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 […]


7th December 2012

Mark Avery has reviewed a new book, Partridges, by Dick Potts on wild grey partridges; a red listed game species in steep decline due to changing land management and use. In his review printed in the December 2012 issue of Birdwatch, Mark says: “Dick has studied partridges, and worked with people who shoot them, for […]

Moorland Reclamation and Regeneration Wins Conservation Award

29th November 2012

A grouse moor in County Durham has won a prestigious conservation award for returning block forestry back to globally rare heather moorland. The Weardale Estate in Bishop Auckland won Gold at the 2012 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation. In 1984 Michael Stone, well known in the City of London as the former CEO, and […]


12th November 2012

Robert Benson has been elected Chairman of the Moorland Association, taking overall responsibility for the direction and activities of this membership organisation representing the owners and managers of over one million acres of moorland in England and Wales. He replaces Edward Bromet who has retired after serving the Association as its Chairman for four and […]


17th October 2012

The RSPB has lodged a complaint with the European Commission concerned with how Natural England has executed its role. One focus of the complaint is the allowing of burning of heather on blanket bog as part of grouse moor management. Blanket bog is an important habitat both nationally and internationally. It supports important wildlife and […]


15th October 2012

Stuart Wood, of Wethercote Farm, Bilsdale near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, has won the coveted Moorland Association Rose Bowl Trophy for the eighth time. Awarded for the best pen of ewes ‘hefted’ to the North York Moors, the silver trophy was presented at the famous Fadmoor Sheep Sales by Mr Peter Woodall of Cundall Auctioneers, after […]


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 wildlife crime case statement Following the conviction of a gamekeeper today at Lancaster Magistrates Court, the Moorland Association and Whernside Estate have issued the following statements. A spokesman for Whernside Estate said: “The estate was dismayed to learn of the fate of these owls.  It was particularly disappointing given the enormous increase in the number of all species of […]

Moorland Association welcomes Golden Eagle release in southern Scotland The Moorland Association has today joined a raft of organisations in welcoming the news that conservationists have successfully transported three Golden Eagle chicks from the Scottish Highlands to an undisclosed location in the southern uplands of Scotland. The £1.3m South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project (SSGEP) is a collaborative project between land managers and conservationists […]