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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 […]

New plans to save England’s hen harriers

14th January 2016

Details of a new six point action plan have been published today by Defra to help the recovery of England’s hen harrier populations. PLANS to help revive the hen harrier, one of England’s most iconic birds, have been published today as part of the government’s ongoing commitment to preserve and enhance our nation’s natural environment. […]

Moorland Association pledges support for Clean for The Queen

14th January 2016

CLEAN for The Queen is launching a call to volunteers to join the UK’s largest litter pick and help get your local area looking its very best – in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday. Celebrities, schoolchildren, army heroes and community leaders will kick-start Clean for The Queen with a special clean-up at the Sir […]

Flooding: Is climate change to blame and what’s the solution?

11th January 2016

Prominent landscape architect and ecologist working in the water industry, Jeremy Purseglove, was asked by BBC Countryfile Magazine a series of questions about the impact of climate change on recent serious flooding incidents. Professor Purseglove has been actively involved in land drainage engineering to try to enhance, rather than destroy, the heritage of our rivers […]

Shooting groups unite to condemn the law breakers

5th January 2016

LEADING shooting representatives have urged Defra to introduce new checks allowing the police to trace inland shoots that are believed to be breaking lead ammunition laws. Countryside organisations have condemned inland shoots that are breaking the law by using lead shot for wildfowl, and have appealed to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to […]


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 […]