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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 […]

A Charmingly Nervous Gamekeeper

18th July 2016

STANDING in the Country Pursuits Arena of the Great Yorkshire Show – and head to toe in tweed – was a charmingly nervous gamekeeper, writes Liv Hammond in The Yorkshire Times. (Darren Clare photo) He was here to inform us of the environmental benefits of grouse shooting and heather burning. In a presentation called ‘A year […]

Shooting of game with lead ammunition – No further restrictions

15th July 2016

Days after BBC Wildlife Presenter Chris Packham damned consumption of red grouse as unfit, the then Secretary of State for the Environment, Liz Truss, has rejected the recommendations of the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) process to ban lead ammunition and confirmed that there will be no further restrictions on its use. Chris Packham launched a […]

Countryside groups unite to demand BBC reins in Chris Packham

13th July 2016

THE UK’s leading countryside organisations have joined in condemnation of Chris Packham’s latest attack on grouse moors by demanding the BBC withdraws support for the anti-shooting campaigner. The broadcaster, who regularly presents nature and conservation programmes for the BBC, this week launched a personal social media campaign demanding that Marks And Spencer stops selling red […]

Founder Chairman of the Moorland Association Sir Anthony Milbank dies aged 76

Sir Anthony Milbank

6th July 2016

TRIBUTES have been paid to Sir Anthony Milbank, fifth baronet of Barningham Park, who passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer. He leaves his wife Belinda and children Alexine, Edward and Toby. Sir Anthony was one of the driving forces behind the foundation of the Moorland Association and became its first Chairman when […]


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, […]