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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 […]

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 […]

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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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