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Moorland Association responds to Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Defra Secretary

20th August 2018

Dear Mrs Hayman, I am writing to you having read your article on Labour List concerning grouse moor management practices. A number of our members have expressed concern at the inaccuracies published within your article and hopefully this letter will provide you with a more accurate picture. I should let you know that I intend […]

KINGS OF CONSERVATION: GROUSE MOORS SPEND £1M A WEEK CARING FOR ENGLISH UPLANDS

13th August 2018

Grouse moor owners today reinforced their commitment to conservation despite the very poor shooting prospects for the season ahead. The Moorland Association’s 190 members look after over one million acres of unique moorland across the North of England and have spent over £50m in the past year to restore the nation’s uplands and bolster its […]

Moorland Association responds to RSPB blog

8th August 2018

The suffering of the Peregrine in the RSPB blog is barbaric and abhorrent. The Moorland Association condemns any incident of raptor persecution and the stamping out of wildlife crime is a shared goal across many countryside organisations that is making progress. We wholeheartedly support the police in their investigations where wildlife crime is suspected. In […]

Revolutionary hen harrier licence is working

31st July 2018

The Moorland Association and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are celebrating the most successful hen harrier breeding season in England for over a decade. Key to this success has been an unprecedented 21 chicks fledged from land managed for grouse shooting; over 60% of this year’s young (34). Last year there were no […]

GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES CONTROLLED HEATHER BURNING

12th July 2018

COUNTRYSIDE ORGANISATIONS WELCOME MINISTERIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF MOORLAND MANAGEMENT’S ROLE IN HELPING PREVENT WILDFIRES  The Countryside Alliance, Moorland Association, National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), today (Thursday 12th July) welcomed the Government’s recognition of the role of controlled heather burning in responsible moorland management to minimise the risk of uncontrollable […]

Moorland Association welcomes additional time for replacement of stoat traps

6th July 2018

The Moorland Association has today welcomed the news that the Government is planning to allow a further year for the replacement of stoat traps, following a Public Consultation. The news emerged in a notification made by Defra to the European Commission, which oversees Member States’ implementation of the Agreement on Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS). The […]

Welcome return of the skydancer to the High Peak

3rd July 2018

One of Britain’s most threatened birds, the hen harrier, has bred on the National Trust’s High Peak Moors in the Peak District National Park, for the first time in four years. The four chicks are said to be in a ‘healthy condition’ after hatching just a few days ago on land managed by the conservation […]

Keepers continue to combat Saddleworth Moor wildfire

28th June 2018

Gamekeepers from nine grouse shooting estates in the Peak District today returned to Saddleworth Moor to help combat the devastating wildfire that has raged throughout the week. Twelve keepers are working on Arnfield Moor, which is managed by RSPB and owned by United Utilities. The keepers have been working continuously for three days alongside fire […]

Moorland Association supports World Curlew Day

20th April 2018

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

19th April 2018

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 […]

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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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