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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 […]

Rural groups launch new snaring code

21st October 2016

THE UK’s leading rural groups have launched their new code of practice on the use of snares for fox control in England. The 12-page code is a collaboration between the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance (CA), The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), The Moorland Association, CLA, […]

Moorland owners part of an ‘inspiring success story’

15th September 2016

Moorland owners are delighted to be part of a success story revealed yesterday  in The State of Nature 2016 report, highlighting how targeted conservation can make a real difference to struggling bird species. While the report says 56 percent of species studied had declined over recent decades – and more than one in 10 of […]

Working together for the common good

1st September 2016

PRAISE for the work of those making a real difference to internationally recognised uplands loved by millions of people has come from the chief executive of the Campaign for National Parks (CNP). Speaking after a visit to Spaunton in the North York Moors, Fiona Howie said it had been fantastic to hear from moor owner […]

Bird Protection

Female Hen Harrier over a grouse moor

22nd August 2016

James Kay’s letter exploring Hen Harriers on grouse moors has appeared in Bird Watching magazine and is reproduced by kind permission of the magazine. BIRD PROTECTION “The question of Hen Harriers on grouse moors has become increasingly controversial and antagonistic recently. As a member of the RSPB for 60 years, I have observed this polarisation […]

Highs and lows for start of grouse season

8th August 2016

NEWS of major environmental gains where peatland equalling the size of two cities has been restored greets the start of grouse shooting on August 12. Although early hopes of a relatively good season have been dashed for many by adverse late weather during the crucial nesting period, there is cause to celebrate. So said chairman […]

RSPB pull out of Hen Harrier Recovery plan

25th July 2016

STATEMENT by Moorland Association director, Amanda Anderson: “We are disappointed by RSPB’s decision to pull out of Defra’s Hen Harrier Action Plan. We remain committed to seeing more harrier breeding on more grouse moors and will continue to work with partners. “The new upland brood management and lowland reintroduction elements of that plan are still […]

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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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