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Media coverage round-up – July 2024

8th July 2024

Our PR team at Media House promoted our report in June highlighting our fears of a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers – due primarily to exceptionally we weather. This resulted in several  mainstream media outlets picking up the story including these two examples below. 5 July Barnsley Chronicle Big setback for […]

BLOG: Surveillance – why are the police bypassing regulation?

8th July 2024

Most will remember the irony of RSPB staff falling foul of the courts in order to try and catch others breaking the law – and then expressing outrage when their evidence was thrown out of court here. In short, judges felt the police could not use others to circumvent the law on covert surveillance. Is […]

HIGH RAINFALL BLIGHTS BIRD NESTING ON THE MOORS

26th June 2024

The Moorland Association reports a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers, as the exceptionally wet weather has taken its toll. The higher and wetter North Pennines is the worst affected area, with the number of hen harrier nests on grouse moors expected to be down by as much as two-thirds compared with […]

CUNNING CURLEW RESCUE PROVES A SUCCESS

20th June 2024

Gamekeepers in the Yorkshire Dales hatched a cunning plan to save a clutch of curlew eggs after the mother bird was sadly killed by a dog off the lead. The nest was located on farmland in Wensleydale where the famers, gamekeepers and landowner work in partnership year after year for curlew conservation. The farmer saw […]

Letter to The Guardian in response to Guy Shrubsole’s attack on landowners

20th June 2024

The following letter for publication has been sent to The Guardian by Andrew Gilruth, Chief Executive of the Moorland Association. Sir, Natural England’s policies have proven to be a disaster on its own nature reserves, so Guy Shrubsole is wrong to suggest this government watchdog is beyond scrutiny (Sunak’s government has almost destroyed Natural England – […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON LABOUR PARTY MANIFESTO

13th June 2024

The Moorland Association welcomes the  commitment within the Labour Party’s manifesto, published today, that Labour, if elected, will promote biodiversity, and protect England’s landscapes and wildlife. However, we are alarmed by the statement that a Labour government would ban the use of non-lethal snares. This would have devastating consequences for wildlife in the uplands of […]

MOORLAND SAFARIS SHOWCASE RARE BIRDS OF THE NORTH YORK MOORS

12th June 2024

Landowners in the North York Moors are hosting a series of Moorland Safaris to celebrate the thriving birdlife on grouse moors in the region and raise awareness of actions that can help some of our rarest species. Bransdale, Snilesworth, Spaunton and Danby Moors, all of which are managed for Red Grouse, provide the right habitat […]

Osprey chicks hatch at Bolton Estate

7th June 2024

The Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group and Bolton Estate report that the Osprey at Bolton have had a successful hatching. When the Osprey were first spotted, Lord Bolton decided to stock two ponds near where they had been seen with trout. A nesting platform was built by estate staff in 2022 and the birds bred successfully, […]

Real Springwatch 2024

7th June 2024

The Peak District Moorland Group is running its Real SpringWatch series again this year, showcasing the species nesting and feeding on managed moorland. This is the fourth consecutive year that the group has recorded nestcam footage and the almost daily updates provide a fascinating insight into the behaviour, sights and sounds of moorland species and […]

Hexham Cinema Screening of The Last Keeper

7th June 2024

Over the past two years, GWCT Scotland has assisted a US-based film maker, Shepherds of Wildlife, in the creation of a feature-length documentary, the ‘Last Keeper’. This film captures the complexities of rural land use to meet the expectations of society today, and ensures that all sides of the debate are fully represented. The film’s narrative […]

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Did You Know?

75% of Europe’s remaining upland heather moorland is found in the UK – 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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Media coverage round-up – July 2024 Our PR team at Media House promoted our report in June highlighting our fears of a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers – due primarily to exceptionally we weather. This resulted in several  mainstream media outlets picking up the story including these two examples below. 5 July Barnsley Chronicle Big setback for […]

BLOG: Surveillance – why are the police bypassing regulation? Most will remember the irony of RSPB staff falling foul of the courts in order to try and catch others breaking the law – and then expressing outrage when their evidence was thrown out of court here. In short, judges felt the police could not use others to circumvent the law on covert surveillance. Is […]