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Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Chris Packham

13th July 2016

THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner. The broadcaster, who regularly presents nature and conservation programmes for the BBC, this week launched a personal social media campaign demanding that Marks And Spencer stops selling red […]

Founder Chairman of the Moorland Association Sir Anthony Milbank dies aged 76

Sir Anthony Milbank

6th July 2016

TRIBUTES have been paid to Sir Anthony Milbank, fifth baronet of Barningham Park, who passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer. He leaves his wife Belinda and children Alexine, Edward and Toby. Sir Anthony was one of the driving forces behind the foundation of the Moorland Association and became its first Chairman when […]

Ilkley Moor decision applauded

4th July 2016

GROUSE moor management has been given the thumbs up on Ilkley Moor by Bradford City Council. The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has agreed a draft management plan for the moor which will be put out to public consultation this summer. Despite a campaign by anti-shooting activists, the current licence – which allows eight days […]

Maintaining the magic

Calling curlew

30th June 2016

THERE can be little more magical than hearing the bubbling song of the curlew rolling across the upland pastures on a sunny morning, writes Mike Swan of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. “Sadly, this wonderful experience is not as common as it used to be, in common with other upland waders like lapwing, golden […]

Illegally set traps – final statement

15th June 2016

STATEMENT from Moorland Association director, Amanda Anderson: “The MA has formally reviewed the incident on Mossdale Estate where an underkeeper admitted to setting traps illegally. The keeper is no longer employed by the estate. Mossdale has also resigned its membership of the MA.”

National Trust supports grouse shooting on its land

9th June 2016

STATEMENT from Moorland Association chairman, Robert Benson: “The Moorland Association is very sad that the National Trust (NT) has taken the decision to terminate a sporting lease early. This is the result of a breakdown in confidence in the current tenant’s commitment to the delivery of NT’s vision and will take effect in April 2018. […]

BBC showcase – grouse moor management increases wildlife variety

8th June 2016

BBC Countryfile once again highlighted the excellent conservation work of grouse moors on its popular Sunday night (June 5) programme. “Invermark Estate is a haven for wildlife; it is a great place to see black grouse, red deer and the illusive golden eagle.” said Countryfile presenter Naomi Wilkinson. The Invermark Estate is in Angus, Scotland […]

Disgust at use of illegally set traps on posts

3rd June 2016

CHAIRMAN of the Moorland Association, Robert Benson, has today issued the following statement: We agree with the RSPB and others expressing disgust about the use of illegally set traps on posts. This behaviour could result in indiscriminate capture of wildlife and prolonged suffering. It was rightly outlawed in 1904 and there is no place for […]

Testimony to dedication of moorland men

1st June 2016

A year-long artistic study into heather burning on Jervaulx and Coniston moors in Yorkshire will be unveiled when the paintings go on show at Clifton Castle in Masham on June 30. Nicky Brown’s collection of 60 paintings, entitled A Year on the Moor, will be exhibited over two days and can be seen on website […]

Wildfire risk

5th May 2016

THE MET Office has today issued a yellow weather warning, indicating the possibility of an increase in wildfires. Due to a high pressure system across the UK there is the potential for it to bring dry continental air. It is expected this will last a number of days, reaching level 4 in parts of England (very […]


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 […]