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Peak District Moorland Group – Partnership working with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

24th May 2024

The Peak District Moorland Group joined a training day organised by Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service alongside RSPB, National Trust, Peak District National Park Authority and United Utilities, on tackling wildfires. The event was held close to Stanage Edge, which has fallen victim to wildfires in the past. Gamekeepers shared advice from their previous experience […]

2024 AGM – Members’ update

24th May 2024

Mark Cunliffe-Lister welcomed everyone to Swinton Park on Monday evening for the AGM. There was a strong turnout to hear his fourth and final annual Chairs’ update which revisited what has been a busy year before the accounts for last year were approved by members. Members also voted in four new elected board directors. The […]


24th May 2024

The Moorland Association has today announced that James Lambert OBE  has been elected Chair of the organisation. James was elected unanimously by the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting this week. He succeeds Mark Cunliffe-Lister, who has served as chair since May 2020. James began his working life as a cattle breeder in […]

Predation from all directions

15th May 2024

The following letter from Stephen Ramsden was published in Farmers Guardian this week. 14 May 2024 Predation from all directions The government’s plan for Nature Recovery is seriously flawed, with increasing amounts of predation from all directions. We all commend the government’s work (and considerable taxpayer’s money) for the sake of protecting the environment we all […]

Bird flu – reduced risk to wild birds in England

10th May 2024

In the last couple of weeks, the risk of wild birds in England contracting Avian Influenza was reduced from ‘medium’  to ‘low’. We understand that Defra is reviewing GL45 and may issue an update in due course. For the moment the current GL45 licence is in operation for all shoots planning to release pheasant or […]

Curlew Celebrations on the Moors

10th May 2024

A series of events have taken place in the uplands celebrating the curlew, to coincide with World Curlew Day on 21 April. In the North York Moors, the charity Curlew Action organised  a guided walk with the ornithologist David Turner, for members of the public, which was fully booked up well in advance. Curlew Action […]


22nd April 2024

The Moorland Association supported celebrations to mark World Curlew Day this weekend in the North York Moors, with internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter David Gray performing at a special event in aid of curlew conservation. A curlew discovery walk for members of the public took place on Saturday, organised by the charity Curlew Action in partnership with […]

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12th April 2024

If you are keen to follow what is being said in the press each day, we suggest you might like to subscribe to this upland newsletter here (after clicking though, scroll down the page and you will see a box near the bottom where you can pop your email address in). This newsletter is prepared […]

RSPB Hen Harrier Survey

12th April 2024

The Moorland Association was approached by The Guardian in advance of a report due to be published by RSPB on 11 April which would show an increasing number of hen harriers in England, but would also refer to illegal killing as a limiting factor. Natural England data, included in the RSPB report, shows a hugely […]


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 […]