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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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Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier fly high over grouse moors The arrival of the grouse shooting season has been enhanced by an upsurge of breeding success stories including Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Hen Harrier. A survey of 14 grouse moors on the North York Moors revealed they hosted at least 25 nests of Merlin in 2019.  Eighteen of these nests were monitored by gamekeepers and […]

‘FLAGSHIP GROUSE MOOR RESEARCH’ DRIVING POLICY CHANGE CHALLENGED The Moorland Association today called for the government to ‘hit the pause button’ on making decisions over the impact of heather burning on grouse moorland following the publication of a new scientific report, which has found previous research to be ‘flawed’ and ‘unreliable.’ Scientists from Lancaster and York Universities have published a critical analysis of […]

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