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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 […]

Heather burning showcased in National Park on BBC’s Countryfile

3rd May 2016

THE BBC Countryfile spotlight (10 April) shone on excellent conservation and collaboration work taking place in Northumberland National Park. The innovative heather burning scheme, supported by the Park, firemen and land managers, who are trained to cope with and prevent wildfires demonstrates how controlled burning can benefit wildlife. RSPB research has shown that wading birds […]

Shooting saves lives, says the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

1st April 2016

SHOOTING saves lives, according to BASC in the wake of a Natural England (NE) study which highlights links between good health and access to the outdoors. NE investigated the potential increase in health costs as people reduce exercise levels as a result of declines in greenspace quality and accessibility. Using the World Health Organization’s Health […]

Funding secured for world renowned wildlife crime fighting unit

4th March 2016

NEWS that funding for the UK’s internationally respected National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) has been secured for four years has been warmly welcomed by the Moorland Association. Responding to a statement by Defra Parliamentary Under Secretary, Rory Stewart, MA director, Amanda Anderson, explained that funding for the unit was due to run out this month […]

Gamekeepers play pivotal rescue role

15th February 2016

TRIBUTE has been paid to gamekeepers for their vital role in helping with search and rescue missions on the moors. With two-thirds of Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team (SRMRT) calls coming from the vast tracts of upland heath, members rely on the expertise of keepers who manage the remote and unforgiving landscapes for grouse […]

Britain’s best shooting pub named

11th February 2016

THE Lord Crewe Arms at Blanchland has been named Britain’s best shooting pub in an awards scheme organised by the Countryside Alliance and Country Life magazine. The iconic Northumbrian hotel also won the award for the north’s best sporting pub in the competition sponsored by Pol Roger Champagne. Popular throughout the year, it reaches a peak […]

MPs targeted in myth busting mission

18th January 2016

TWO leading conservation organisations have united to deliver a series of messages to MPs following flawed and damaging claims about grouse moors and flooding. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Moorland Association are distributing their Briefing Note as a major upland hydrology conference gets underway tomorrow (January 18). Erroneous claims in the […]


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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