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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 […]

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 […]

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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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