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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 […]

Peatland plays a key part in climate change and flood mitigation

4th January 2016

ON grouse moors in the North Pennines 120 hectares of bare peat have been re-vegetated and over 4,370 kilometres of old drainage ditches blocked to help re-wet peat, slow water run-off, combat climate change and improve biodiversity and water quality. Work is underway to actively reintroduce peat forming mosses as part of new grouse moor […]

Sustaining Scotland’s Moorland

3rd December 2015

A NEW ‘living document’ bringing together views on important upland issues in Scotland has been welcomed by the Moorland Association chairman, Robert Benson. For the first time since the seminal A Question of Balance was published, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has drawn together its views on a number of topics and taken […]

National recognition for rebuilding grouse population

28th November 2015

ILKLEY Moor has won a leading national game and conservation prize in recognition of efforts by a local shoot to rebuild the red grouse population. The 2015 Purdey Award was due to be presented to the chairman of Bingley, Burley and Ilkley Moors Partnership, Edward Bromet, in a prestigious ceremony last night. The awards, run […]

Eighty one bird species on grouse moors

25th November 2015

SCOTLAND’S shooting estates are supporting a “vast range” of bird species, according to a study of three prominent grouse moors. A total of 81 species have been found breeding or feeding on land managed by gamekeepers, with some birds that are in decline elsewhere apparently making a comeback on heather moorland. The birds identified include golden […]

More support pledged for birds of prey

20th November 2015

LEADING land management and conservation organisations are stepping up their efforts to boost bird of prey populations following disappointing results from the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative. The five-year project aimed to increase the breeding populations and breeding success of raptors in the Dark Peak and surrounding areas but the targets agreed by the […]

Stark consequences of no shooting

16th November 2015

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation has put together a graphic infogram showing what would happen if there was no shooting.  Check out the stark contrasts in Consequences-of-non-shooting BASC infogram dec 15 (1)


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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LOCAL PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON The local Peak District community is reflecting on what was a successful grouse shooting season (which officially ended Dec 10th), with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme, due to favourable weather conditions, and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is vitally important to remote […]

YORKSHIRE DALES ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local Yorkshire Dales community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]