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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 […]

2024 Value of Shooting Report highlights crucial role of shooting for jobs and the economy

7th June 2024

This week saw the publication of the new Value of Shooting report, commissioned jointly by 24 rural organisations, including the Moorland Association, and produced by data analysis firm Cognisense. The report underlines the vital importance of shooting to rural communities in terms of its economic, environmental and social benefits. A good grouse season is a […]

SHOOTING CONTRIBUTES £3.3BN TO THE UK ECONOMY, NEW RESEARCH FINDS

4th June 2024

The Value of Shooting report, commissioned by 24 rural organisations including the Moorland Association, is published today. The findings of the report include:: Shooting is worth £3.3bn (GVA) to the UK economy every year. The new report has taken a more comprehensive and detailed approach than previous reports, attaching a value to contribution in kind […]

RECORD HIGH FOR CURLEW ON WENSLEYDALE ESTATE

30th May 2024

The Bolton Estate in Wensleydale is celebrating a record number of nesting Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) this year, with an estimated 250 pairs on the estate. By contrast there are thought to be only 450 pairs of curlew in the whole of the south of England, from Birmingham to Land’s End. The curlew is a […]

The Game Fair 26-28 July

24th May 2024

Our Friends at The Game Fair have kindly offered a 20 percent discount to Moorland Association members booking tickets online. Please use the code MOOR20 to access your discount for this year’s event on 26-28 July at Blenheim Palace.

New Upland Standards for the Aim to Sustain Game Assurance Scheme

24th May 2024

The Aim to Sustain game assurance scheme provides evidence (externally validated) that your shoot follows best practice, and that game meat is produced to the highest standards. Independently-audited assurance underpins both benefits, providing peace of mind to Government agencies, the general public, game stockists and food retailers alike. If you’d like to sign up for […]

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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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MOORLAND ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON LABOUR PARTY MANIFESTO 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 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 […]

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