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UPDATE FROM DEFRA ON GAMEBIRD LICENSING

1st March 2024

The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has issued an update today on the arrangements for publication of the general license for gamebird release on special protection areas and their buffer zones for this year. The original intention was to publish the general licence at the beginning […]

SCOTTISH LICENSING: IMPROVED BUT SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS REMAIN

29th February 2024

Plans to license grouse shooting in Scotland (both walked up and driven) are inching forward. The stated policy aim of the legislation is to protect bird of prey populations, but needless to say this has expanded. The Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill, as it is called, has now completed the second stage of its […]

HIDDEN TREASURES OF MOORLAND IN THE WINTER

5th February 2024

  The moors of Yorkshire are known and loved for their abundance of heather in the summer, but there are a wealth of other natural species to spot in the uplands, even in the depths of winter. Dead Man’s Fingers, Jelly Ears and Turkey Tail are among the species of fungi while Reindeer, Pixie Cup and […]

A precious landscape that’s well worth fighting for

29th January 2024

by Andrew Gilruth With the government planning how it will meet its legally binding target of halting wildlife declines by 2030 it’s hard to imagine a more pivotal time to be asked to step into the role of Chief Executive of the Moorland Association. Our members are guardians of one of the most natural remaining […]

EFFECTIVE PREDATOR CONTROL AND VALUE FOR MONEY IN PUBLICLY-FUNDED PROJECTS

4th January 2024

Andrew Gilruth, CEO of the Moorland Association, has today highlighted the need for effective predator control and value for money for the public, in a letter published in The Times (below). This follows the revelation earlier this week that a scheme, operated by RSPB, NatureScot and Orkney Island Council,  to eradicate stoats in Orkney had […]

ANDREW GILRUTH NAMED NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE MOORLAND ASSOCIATION

11th December 2023

ANDREW GILRUTH NAMED NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE MOORLAND ASSOCIATION The Moorland Association, which represents grouse moor owners and operators in England and Wales, today announced the appointment of Andrew Gilruth as Chief Executive of the organisation. Andrew is a leading figure in the conservation and sustainable land management sector and will take up his […]

GROUSE SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH

10th December 2023

  The grouse season – the time of year when this wild bird can be harvested for food – has ended on a high note with rural communities celebrating a substantial economic boost. There had been fears that the season would be cut short in the north of England due to poor breeding success, but […]

HEN HARRIER SURVIVAL RATE NEARLY DOUBLE IN RECOVERY SCHEME

21st November 2023

      Survival rates for hen harriers reared and released through an innovative scheme to help the recovery of the species are better than for wild birds, it has been reported, as the trial enters its final year. Data from satellite-tagged hen harriers given a boost in the Brood Management Scheme trial shows the […]

Management of game assurance scheme transferring from BGA to Aim to Sustain

16th October 2023

The infrastructure of the assurance scheme built by British Game Assurance (BGA) will be transferred to Aim to Sustain, it was announced today (Monday 16 October). The transfer should be completed later in the Autumn and in the meantime, the scheme remains unchanged and open to new members. Following completion, Aim to Sustain will take […]

NORTH PENNINES A STRONGHOLD FOR BRITAIN’S SMALLEST BIRD OF PREY, THE MERLIN

9th October 2023

  The North Pennines support a nationally significant population of merlin and the long-term trend is stable, bucking the trend of decline in many other parts of the country. Conservationists report an average of 35-40 nesting pairs across the moors of County Durham alone. Our smallest bird of prey, the merlin is typically only 28cm […]

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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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UPDATE FROM DEFRA ON GAMEBIRD LICENSING The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has issued an update today on the arrangements for publication of the general license for gamebird release on special protection areas and their buffer zones for this year. The original intention was to publish the general licence at the beginning […]

SCOTTISH LICENSING: IMPROVED BUT SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS REMAIN Plans to license grouse shooting in Scotland (both walked up and driven) are inching forward. The stated policy aim of the legislation is to protect bird of prey populations, but needless to say this has expanded. The Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill, as it is called, has now completed the second stage of its […]

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