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

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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

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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 […]

NEW DEFRA REPORT ON SNARING – ESSESNTIAL TOOL FOR UPLAND CONSERVATION

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 […]

NATIONAL TRUST HIGH PEAK MOORS CONSULTATION

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 […]

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 […]

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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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Moorland Association says Gove intervention on general licences chaos a ‘bold step in the right direction’ The Moorland Association today welcomed the intervention of Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, over the general licences fiasco that is endangering a range of threatened bird species. Mr Gove has temporarily assumed power to grant licences and has agreed to undertake an urgent evidence review of the decision that […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION DISMAYED BY NATURAL ENGLAND BAN ON GENERAL LICENCES The Moorland Association issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by Natural England that it is revoking three general licences for controlling certain predatory birds as of Thursday 25th April 2019. General licences permit land managers to control common birds in order to conserve a range of threatened ground nesting bird populations. […]

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