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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, […]

Onwards and Uplands

9th March 2017

The campaign to ensure a brighter future for England’s uplands marches on. Recently, over 80 people gathered from across the north of England at Newton Rigg College, Penrith under the banner of the Uplands Alliance. The purpose was to discuss building a future for the Northern Uplands post Brexit. The outcomes from the January meeting […]

Shooting makes a huge contribution to the rural economy

1st February 2017

  THE Moorland Association’s director, Amanda Anderson, welcomed information given to EFRA that painted a clear picture of the important role played by shooting communities in bolstering rural economies, adding grouse shooting alone was worth £15 million to local businesses.       Revenue generated by shooting is a “vital source of income” for rural […]

Andrew Sells continues as Natural England’s chairman

17th January 2017

NEWS that Andrew Sells has been reappointed chairman of Natural England (NE) has been warmly welcomed by The Moorland Association members. Chairman Robert Benson said he was delighted and looked forward to continuing working closely with Mr Sells during his next three years in office. He added: “We are indebted to Andrew’s invaluable and unstinting […]

Moorland management cited as Scottish golden eagle numbers rise

11th November 2016

NEWS that Scotland’s population of golden eagles has grown by 15 percent over the last decade has been hailed by conservationists. Results of the fourth national golden eagle survey show numbers of the bird of prey have increased to 508 pairs from 442 in the last survey in 2003. Experts say the figures show the […]

EFRA Committee report on flood risk management

2nd November 2016

The Moorland Association welcomes today’s (2 November) report from the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on future flood prevention.  The report is striking in two different ways.  First, despite the claims made by opponents of driven grouse shooting that grouse moors are responsible for increased flood risk, there is no mention at all […]

Landmark Westminster debate heartening for all supporters of driven grouse shooting

2nd November 2016

A Westminster Hall debate on grouse shooting took place on October 31st in response to two petitions; one to protect driven grouse shooting and one to ban it. The three hour debate was very well attended and the Moorland Association would like to thank all those MPs who spoke or intervened in the debate. Clearly many […]

Grouse Shooting Debate

22nd October 2016

The Director of the Moorland Association, Amanda Anderson, gave evidence to a joint session of the House of Commons Petitions and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committees on 18 October. The meeting had been called to enable MPs to be better informed on grouse moor management, prior to a debate called for 31 October 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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NORTH YORKSHIRE ESTATES WITNESS RECORD GROUSE SEASON Over 6,000 days of seasonal employment provided in North Yorkshire Estates within the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) are reflecting on the latest grouse season with many hailing it as one that bucked the national trend and local businesses claiming it one of the best on record. The iconic wild red grouse is a […]

GROUSE ESTATES SUPPORT THE TWEED INDUSTRY TO THE TUNE OF OVER A MILLION POUNDS The enduring tradition of sporting estates throughout the country having their very own bespoke tweeds continues to support the economy even when there is a poor season upon us. Whilst tartans are associated with Scottish families and clans, tweeds evolved as liveries to identify the people who worked and lived on the same estate. Today, […]

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