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Moorland Association welcomes green light for pioneering Hen Harrier Scheme

17th January 2018

The Moorland Association welcomes the decision by Natural England, which has issued a licence to test if brood management will help improve the Hen Harrier population and range in upland northern England. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: “This decision is an important step forward in the effort to improve Hen Harrier conservation.” […]

Moorland Association statement on Government response to grouse shooting petition

12th January 2018

Following the publication of the UK Government’s response to a petition calling for the continuation of driven grouse shooting, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “This latest petition, which urges the UK government to reject calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting, recognise the important […]

Moorland Association welcomes National Trust support for grouse shooting.

12th January 2018

“The Moorland Association  welcomed the announcement by the National Trust that it is working with three new grouse shooting tenants as partners on its High Peak Moors in Derbyshire. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The National Trust’s decision to let three areas of land to new shooting tenants demonstrates its confidence and […]

Blanket Bog Track Trial Success

9th January 2018

  For years land managers have faced the challenge of trying to protect one of the UK’s most prized environmental landscapes as they work. Now, new research has provided a big boost to safeguarding fragile upland blanket bogs along access routes. A study has been published that demonstrates that it is possible to use some […]

Scottish Golden Eagle Reports show significant progress

15th December 2017

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, which aims to boost the numbers in southern Scotland, has taken another significant step forward  with the announcement that the project team will be collecting eagle chicks from the Highlands and Islands and releasing them as satellite-tagged juveniles. The project team is now seeking new team members to work […]

Raptor Persecution Maps

15th December 2017

The Moorland Association, as a member of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group welcomes the publication of the raptor persecution maps. Our involvement in the group demonstrates the commitment of grouse moor managers to play their part in the continuing efforts to eradicate all forms of wildlife crime. The maps help provide accurate information which […]

Waders are the winners in Wensleydale

28th November 2017

The Moorland Association has welcomed a new report by the British Trust for Ornithology that highlights the key role that grouse moor gamekeepers can play in the monitoring and conservation of thriving upland wader populations. The report details a pilot project in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which trialled methods for involving gamekeepers […]

Chefs go wild about grouse during Great British Game Week

20th November 2017

Chefs across the UK are giving grouse pride of place during Great British Game Week which starts today. Great British Game Week aims to highlight the best of wild and natural produce from our countryside harvest. Game is not only part of the British heritage but is also a vibrant and a modern addition to […]

Moorland Association statement on Government response to shooting petition

17th November 2017

Following the publication of the UK Government’s response to a petition calling for an end to driven grouse shooting, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The shooting community understands that shooting activities evoke strong opinions. This latest petition which urges an end to driven grouse shooting […]

Our Common Cause project takes another step forward

2nd November 2017

As a partnership organisation involved in the Our Common Cause project, we would like to congratulate the Foundation for Common Land and the National Trust on successfully securing a first round Heritage Grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to develop a detailed second round application for submission in March 2019. The project […]

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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 supports World Curlew Day 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 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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