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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 […]

SURVEY OF PEAK DISTRICT BIRDS TO TAKE FLIGHT

21st March 2018

The Moorland Association is delighted to be playing its part in the new Moors for the Future Partnership breeding bird survey taking place this summer across moors in the Peak District National Park. This will be the first time in 14 years that a survey of this nature will be carried out and it is […]

Next generation gamekeepers trailblaze new approach to Peatland improvement

19th March 2018

Next generation gamekeepers have put the recently launched national peatland restoration toolkit through its paces. Students at Newton Rigg College, Penrith are at the cutting edge of best moorland practice rehearsed on the College’s 5,000 acres of moorland at Shap, Cumbria. The live outdoor classroom gives students a true sense of the reality of gamekeeping […]

Moorland Association welcomes Defra response to grouse shooting licensing petition

9th March 2018

Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association: “The Moorland Association is pleased that the Government has no plans to license grouse moors nor to introduce vicarious liability in England for offences related to wildlife crime.” “We agree with the Government that licensing is not the right way forward. We believe that the imposition of a […]

Moorland Association welcomes launch of Defra consultation on the future of UK agricultural policy post Brexit

28th February 2018

Farmers, landowners and food producers have been awarded a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape the future of English farming and the environment, with a consultation launched yesterday by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Defra’s consultation – Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit – gives an indication of […]

LOCAL PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

The local Peak District community is reflecting on what was a successful grouse shooting season (which officially ended Dec 10th), with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme, due to favourable weather conditions, and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is vitally important to remote […]

YORKSHIRE DALES ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local Yorkshire Dales community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]

LOCAL NORTH YORKSHIRE ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local North Yorkshire community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]

Moorland Association response to Ilkley Moor decision

17th January 2018

Following the vote of Bradford Council’s Labour Group not to renew the grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “We are extremely disappointed that Bradford Council’s Labour Group has decided against renewing the shooting lease for Ilkley Moor. “While the final […]

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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 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 […]

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