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HIGH COURT ORDERS JUDICIAL REVIEW OF BID TO BAN HEATHER BURNING

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 […]

A CELEBRATION OF MOORLAND IN WORDS AND PAINTINGS

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10th November 2011

Judith Bromley’s latest book – Climb Up to The Moor – follows ‘Step into the Meadow’ and ‘Come Down to the Wood’ and is a celebration in words and paintings of the glorious yet fragile countryside managed for red grouse around the village of Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales. In his introduction to the book, […]

GROUSE MOOR MANAGEMENT LINCHPIN OF UPLAND ECONOMICS AND WILDLIFE

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6th August 2011

The total economic impact of wild red grouse shooting in England and Wales for 2010, was in excess of £67.7 million and is set to increase this year with buoyant grouse shooting prospects, says the Moorland Association. Over £52.5Million is spent by grouse moor owners on year-round management of some of Britain’s most treasured landscapes […]

GROUSING ABOUT THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER!

25th July 2011

The British trait of soldiering-on regardless in our unpredictable weather is mirrored by the wild Red Grouse; a game bird so British it is not found anywhere else in the world, says the Moorland Association. The breeding season for this bird, found high up on the beautiful but exposed heather moorlands, has been a roller […]

BIRDS OF PREY THRIVING ON GROUSE MOORS

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11th July 2011

The Moorland Association has joined four other leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park to boost birds of prey numbers in the Dark Peak. The organisations – the MA, the National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and RSPB – have set targets for healthy populations of merlin, […]

PURPLE GLORY TO RETURN UNDER NEW GOVERNMENT SCHEME

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7th June 2011

The Moorland Association – whose members manage over a fifth of the Uplands -has welcomed the Government’s Nature Improvement Area initiative in the Natural Environment White Paper today (7th June). It offers a real vehicle to achieve The Moorland Association’s aim to regenerate 250,000 acres of lost heather moorland. The Natural Environment Assessment last week, […]

MOORLANDS FAILED BY FLAWED SYSTEM TO PREDICT BLAZES

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4th May 2011

The Moorland Association – managers of over a fifth of the moorlands in England and Wales – have slammed the Met Office system in place to protect some of England’s most precious landscapes from wildfires as ‘pitifully inadequate. Chairman of the Moorland Association, Edward Bromet, explained: “We have several square miles of peatland habitat ablaze […]

TWO GROUSE MOOR GAMEKEEPERS RUNNERS-UP FOR BELLAMY TROPHY

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22nd March 2011

Grouse moor gamekeepers, George Thompson from Spaunton Moor on the North Yorks Moors and Alan Edwards, from East Allenheads, Northumberland have been named as runners-up in The Bellamy Trophy, a major new countryside award for conservation and education. The landmark prize is the brainchild of Professor David Bellamy – icon of the global environmental movement […]

HEATHERY GROUSE MOORS HELP MAKE ENGLAND’S BEST WILD SITES EXTRA SPECIAL

17th March 2011

Conservation work to boost the heather-clad splendour of England’s moorland has made the biggest contribution to a massive improvement in the environmental health of the network of the country’s best wildlife sites – Sites of Special Scientific Interest – say Natural England and The Moorland Association. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are the country’s […]

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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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