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RECORD HIGH FOR HEN HARRIER POPULATION IN ENGLAND

16th September 2023

Figures released today by Natural England show another rise in the population of Hen Harriers in England, with 141 chicks fledging successfully this year. This increase is nearly a further fifth from last year’s 119 chicks which was the highest number for a century. The data marks a decade of population growth for this very […]

VISITORS AT RISK FROM DISEASE-CARRYING TICKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

14th September 2023

Land managers in the Peak District are warning of a huge rise in the number of ticks found in the countryside, bringing with them a heightened risk of Lyme disease. Farmers and gamekeepers report finding ticks ‘in droves’ on moorland in recent weeks, covering their clothing, skin and hair. The number of ticks is increasing […]

Can using fire help protect our beautiful heather moors?

13th September 2023

  There are many misconceptions about the way moorland is managed to help red grouse and other ground-nesting birds to nest and fledge their chicks successfully. Controlled burning has been carried out for generations for improving grazing, but the association between heather burning and grouse shooting means that campaigners constantly seek to portray it as […]

HEN HARRIER PROJECT CELEBRATES HUGE RISE IN CHICKS TAKING TO THE WING

17th August 2023

A pioneering trial set up to help rebuild the population of the endangered Hen Harrier in England has reared and released 24 chicks this year, almost double last year’s record high of 13. Hen Harrier numbers have shown continuous improvement in recent years, coinciding with the introduction of the government-led Hen Harrier recovery plan in […]

GROUSE MOOR MANAGEMENT OFFERS ‘MOST SUSTAINABLE OPTION FOR TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE AND BIODIVERSITY LOSS’, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT

9th August 2023

A new report concludes that, based on International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) environmental, social and economic definitions, moorland managed for grouse shooting provides greater overall benefits than any alternative use. Written by Professor Simon Denny, formerly of the University of Northampton, and reviewed by Professor James Crabbe from the University of Oxford, the new report titled ‘Sustainable driven […]

MOOR FANTASTIC THAN EVER – LET’S LEARN MOOR 2023

11th July 2023

More than 2,000 children had the chance to ‘rescue’ their teachers with mountain rescue teams, solve rural crimes with the police and learn about the importance of the precious carbon-rich peatlands below their feet when the UK’s largest upland classroom returned last week. Packed with fun, interactive lessons, schools from across the North of England […]

BIRDS OF PREY AT RECORD HIGH ON NORTH YORK MOORS ESTATE

22nd June 2023

Bird of prey sightings on a North York Moors estate have risen to record levels. Spaunton Estate, which carries out detailed species survey work, has reported an increase of 201 per cent in bird of prey sightings over five years from 711 in 2018 to 2,144 in 2022. There were notable successes for many of […]

THERE IS NO STATUS QUO

19th June 2023

THERE IS NO STATUS QUO Sustainable grouse moor management today is a world away from the myths presented by opponents A report commissioned by the RSPB, published last week, assesses the economic, environmental and social impacts of driven grouse shooting across the UK. The author, Matt Rayment of Rayment Consulting Services, sets out what he […]

LARGEST EVER CURLEW CONSERVATION PROJECT BEGINS IN YORKSHIRE DALES

12th May 2023

The largest translocation of curlew eggs ever undertaken begins next week, with 120 eggs due to be transported from the Yorkshire Dales to the south of England to help expand the breeding range of this endangered species. The scheme launched last year with 40 eggs collected from grouse moors and adjacent grassland. The translocation was […]

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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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