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Benefits of grouse shooting

10th November 2015

Moorland Association chairman, Robert Benson, talks about a ‘superb day’ on Shap Moor in the following link to the benefits of grouse shooting

New evidence-based report on sustainability of Scottish moorlands

15th October 2015

Scottish Land & Estates and GWCT have welcomed a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage that reviews sustainable moorland management. The report, which has received input from a wide range of industry stakeholders, provides an authoritative examination of four key issues: the development of a shared vision for Scotland’s moorland efforts to avoid moorland deterioration […]

World leading moorland partnership receives €16 million support

14th October 2015

 Largest award ever given by EU LIFE Programme to a UK conservation project  The Moors for the Future Partnership, which works to protect priority international habitats in the Peak District and South Pennines, has received 16 million euros to deliver the MoorLIFE 2020 project. This includes €12 million from the EU’s LIFE fund – which […]

Moor reality

6th October 2015

DRIVEN grouse moor management needs to move with the times says chairman of the Moorland Association, Robert Benson, in October’s The Field Magazine. Some of the worst weather in living memory in parts of the uplands of Northern England has dealt a cruel blow to the wild red grouse and all other moorland nesting birds. […]

Major moorland firefighting exercise

30th September 2015

SIX moorland gamekeepers joined around 50 firefighters and 20 national park rangers for a major moorland firefighting exercise near Glossop. Moorland Association member, United Utilities, helped organise and hosted the event. Fire and rescue crews from Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, and South and West Yorkshire joined forces to test specialist moorland firefighting equipment and techniques. The […]

Rural Scotland hails grouse shooting

24th September 2015

COMMUNITIES in rural Scotland have voiced strong support for grouse shooting, saying it makes a major social and economic contribution to local people’s lives. Their backing is highlighted in a new report published by Scotland’s Rural College and the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College. Researchers focused on […]

Glorious Grouse – new guide makes buying the king of game birds easy

7th September 2015

Taste of Game, which helps promote the delights of eating game meat, has teamed up with the Moorland Association to publish Glorious Grouse, a short guide on where to buy the king of game birds. The guide lists outlets around the country where grouse can be bought, including online. Red grouse is unique to the […]

The Untold Story: Driven Grouse Shooting

14th August 2015

THE Angus Glens Moorland Group present their first feature film, produced by Pace Productions UK. Giving an insight into the people and communities integral to protecting the moorland we all enjoy, this is their untold story:    

Magic of Merlin

14th August 2015

Gamekeepers from the Peak District’s grouse moors and local bird groups are celebrating the fantastic breeding success of local merlins. The best ever figures – 16 nests producing 63 young – have been achieved despite difficult spring breeding conditions. It is mostly down to a unique partnership and improved moors management. The nests, including some […]


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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Chefs go wild about grouse during Great British Game Week Chefs across the UK are giving grouse pride of place during Great British Game Week which starts today. Great British Game Week aims to highlight the best of wild and natural produce from our countryside harvest. Game is not only part of the British heritage but is also a vibrant and a modern addition to […]

Moorland Association statement on Government response to shooting petition Following the publication of the UK Government’s response to a petition calling for an end to driven grouse shooting, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The shooting community understands that shooting activities evoke strong opinions. This latest petition which urges an end to driven grouse shooting […]