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CURLEW FOUR TIMES AS LIKELY TO FLEDGE CHICKS SUCCESSFULLY ON A GROUSE MOOR

21st April 2023

World Curlew Day – is an opportunity to celebrate the much-loved curlew. The Moorland Association welcomes new research which shows that curlew are four times as likely to fledge a chick successfully on a grouse moor as on similar habitat without gamekeepers. The research paper by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust studied 36 upland […]

PEAK DISTRICT FARMERS JOIN FORCES FOR CONSERVATION

17th February 2023

A group of hill farmers  has created a pioneering  environmental cooperative to protect against the effects of climate change and boost wildlife, alongside sustainable livestock production. Peakland Environmental Farmers (PEF) has 55 farmers on board, covering over 28,000 hectares of upland in the Peak District National Park. The innovative collective will enable farmers and landowners […]

PEATLAND RESTORATION SUCCESS STORY PRAISED BY DEFRA

15th February 2023

A huge peatland restoration project at Howesyke Farm  in the Yorkshire Dales has been praised as an example of how to achieve landscape-scale moorland conservation and carbon capture. Experts from Defra and the Environment Agency visited Howesyke Farm, a member of the Moorland Association, to examine the successful peatland restoration work, one of the largest […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES LANDMARK PEATLAND REPORT

23rd January 2023

Monday, 23 January, 2023: The Moorland Association today welcomed a landmark report on the impact of different land management practices on peatland. Researchers at York University conducting a 20-year study into the effects on peatland of burning, mowing and leaving land unmanaged have published their report at the half-way stage of the project. The report […]

VINDICATED – GROUSE MOORS CLEARED OVER BURNING ALLEGATIONS

19th December 2022

A six-month in-depth investigation by Defra into allegations of illegal moorland burning has found that moorland managers had not been illegally burning heather on areas of protected deep peat. The time-consuming official investigation followed a wave of allegations from campaigners that extensive areas of grouse moor were being set on fire on deep peat and […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION RESPONSE TO RSPB 2021 BIRD CRIME REPORT

15th November 2022

Following publication of the RSPB bird crime report today, the Moorland Association has issued the following statement: We unreservedly condemn any form of wildlife crime. We have a zero-tolerance policy of raptor persecution.  Government, land owners, charities and game shooting organisations are all committed to stamping out illegal raptor killing and work together positively to […]

LYME DISEASE WARNING AS HUGE NUMBER OF TICKS REPORTED IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

8th November 2022

Peak District land managers are warning of the dangers of disease carried by ticks after  a surge in the number reported this autumn. Ticks are small blood-sucking arachnids which live in areas of grassland, moorland, forest and even in parks and gardens. They feed on livestock, deer, birds, mice, horses, pets and humans. Ticks carry […]

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

13th September 2022

The Moorland Association and its members, who care for nearly a million acres of cherished heather moorland are, like the rest of the country, observing the period of national mourning as we reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth ll. Her Majesty’s  unparalleled devotion to duty, warmth and selfless service to the nation have been […]

GAMEKEEPERS WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BIRD EXPERTS FOR MERLIN CONSERVATION

8th September 2022

  The Moorland Association is highlighting game keepers’ year-round conservation efforts for a wide variety of moorland species. Now the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation has created a new video showing how experts from the British Trust for Ornithology, Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve in North Yorkshire and gamekeepers work together to monitor merlin on managed grouse […]

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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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