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Glorious 12th heralds economic and environmental boost for rural communities

12th August 2017

The Glorious 12th signalled the start of the grouse shooting season today and Middlesmoor in Yorkshire’s Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty resounded to the sound of the first shots fired. A six-strong shooting party from Suffolk were on Lofthouse Moor to bag an early brace. The shooting party also stopped in at the ‘shooting […]

Grouse moors dig deep despite ‘mixed prospects’ for season

11th August 2017

Grouse moors across North of England will invest at least £1million per week in their businesses and local economies – despite prospects for the shooting season being mixed. Preparations are being finalised for the start of the shooting season tomorrow, the Glorious 12th of August. The Moorland Association’s 190 member grouse moors cover over one […]

Moorland managers support the Hen Harrier cause

9th August 2017

Last week saw owners and managers of England’s grouse moors restate their support for the recovery of hen harriers. Speaking ahead of Hen Harrier weekend starting tomorrow (Saturday August 5), Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Moorland managers and landowners gave their enthusiastic support and co-operation to teams from Natural England and the […]

Grouse moors and conservation bodies join forces to deliver long-term environmental benefits

9th August 2017

A pioneering initiative between grouse moors and conservation bodies is set to transform the health of the nation’s peatland – a prized environmental landscape. Restoring and enhancing the UK’s deep peat is fundamental to the future of the UK’s environment as it plays a major role in carbon storage, flood alleviation and the provision of […]

Nidderdale MP enjoys informative moorland visit

4th August 2017

Last week saw Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, take part in an informative outing on to Middlesmoor in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty. The MP, who is also Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Commons, was briefed by local gamekeepers and estate owners on a wide range of issues associated with […]

Shared outcome approach is a winner at Wemmergill

23rd June 2017

Thursday 15th June saw a diverse group of stakeholders visit Wemmergill Estate to enjoy an informative day up on the moor and witness a variety of moorland management techniques in action. Representatives from Natural England, North Pennines AONB and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme joined Wemmergill Estate staff […]

Grouse moor management vital in the fight against Lyme disease

6th June 2017

The Moorland Association welcomes the new research by the University of Glasgow into the impact of high deer numbers and Lyme disease, which affects both humans and animals. The research revealed that the correlation is indeed positive despite previous arguments that it was conservation activities such as woodland planting which has increased the risk of […]

Regional moorland groups step up conservation awareness – for peat’s sake

15th May 2017

The Moorland Association warmly welcomes the news that regional moorland groups are boosting awareness of ongoing peatland restoration work across the North of England. As summer approaches and the weather improves more families venture out to the countryside. Gamekeepers from a variety of regional moorland groups are now encouraging the public to learn more about […]

Dr. Dick Potts – (1939-2017)

10th April 2017

  The Moorland Association marks the very sad death of former Director General and Director of Research of GWCT, Dick Potts.  Dick Potts was born in 1939 to a farming family in North Yorkshire. From an early age, he took a keen interest in wildlife and he studied zoology at Durham University, where he specialised […]

Heather burning and the need for all to be on the same page

15th March 2017

The Moorland Association welcomes continuing debate about heather burning and the opportunity to present the facts and address misconceptions. An article in the Shooting Times by retired head gamekeeper Lindsay Waddell, a former chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation ably describes the consequences of a ban on heather burning (‘Upland Keeper’, Wednesday 15th March). However, […]

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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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SOMETHING TO GROUSE ABOUT: UPLAND COMMUNITIES FEEL MULTIMILLION POUND IMPACT OF POOR GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON Rural upland businesses and communities across the north of England have been counting the cost of a poor grouse shooting season and a financial loss that runs into millions of pounds. Over the course of the four-month season which finishes today, an estimated 70% of shoot days were cancelled. Recent survey data indicates the financial […]

‘WILD CHEF’ RALPH SKRIPEK GETS GREAT BRITISH GAME WEEK OFF TO A FLYING START Ralph Skripek, the ‘Wild Chef’, got Great British Game Week (GBGW) off to a flyer as he cooked up a range of innovative and delicious grouse dishes in Bakewell today. In the town traditionally associated with a tart rather than game, Skripek produced a variety of different grouse dishes to demonstrate the versatility of what […]

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