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Townie-turned-Countryman Wins Leading National Rural Award

L-R George Winn Darley (MA Vice Chair and employer), George Thompson, David Bellamy And Brian Hayes (NGO ET)

22nd February 2012

A grouse moor gamekeeper, who was born a townie, has won a prestigious national rural award – the Bellamy Trophy – for his work promoting countryside conservation and education. The prize is awarded annually by leading environmentalist Professor David Bellamy and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Educational Trust. The 2011 winner George Thompson, who is head […]

NATIONAL TRUST HIGH PEAK MOORS CONSULTATION

13th February 2012

From the start of 2012, the National Trust will be working with its farming and other game managing tenants as well as a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and users of the area, to produce a ‘Master Plan’ which will create a vision and guide the management of the High Peak Moors in […]

HIGH COURT ORDERS JUDICIAL REVIEW OF BID TO BAN HEATHER BURNING

30th January 2012

The High Court today ordered a full judicial review of an attempt by Natural England to ban heather burning on blanket bog moorland. The unprecedented action by Natural England to impose a ban on Walshaw Moor Estate in the South Pennines has major implications for grouse moor owners and land managers across England. Mr Justice […]

A CELEBRATION OF MOORLAND IN WORDS AND PAINTINGS

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10th November 2011

Judith Bromley’s latest book – Climb Up to The Moor – follows ‘Step into the Meadow’ and ‘Come Down to the Wood’ and is a celebration in words and paintings of the glorious yet fragile countryside managed for red grouse around the village of Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales. In his introduction to the book, […]

GROUSE MOOR MANAGEMENT LINCHPIN OF UPLAND ECONOMICS AND WILDLIFE

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6th August 2011

The total economic impact of wild red grouse shooting in England and Wales for 2010, was in excess of £67.7 million and is set to increase this year with buoyant grouse shooting prospects, says the Moorland Association. Over £52.5Million is spent by grouse moor owners on year-round management of some of Britain’s most treasured landscapes […]

GROUSING ABOUT THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER!

25th July 2011

The British trait of soldiering-on regardless in our unpredictable weather is mirrored by the wild Red Grouse; a game bird so British it is not found anywhere else in the world, says the Moorland Association. The breeding season for this bird, found high up on the beautiful but exposed heather moorlands, has been a roller […]

BIRDS OF PREY THRIVING ON GROUSE MOORS

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11th July 2011

The Moorland Association has joined four other leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park to boost birds of prey numbers in the Dark Peak. The organisations – the MA, the National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and RSPB – have set targets for healthy populations of merlin, […]

PURPLE GLORY TO RETURN UNDER NEW GOVERNMENT SCHEME

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7th June 2011

The Moorland Association – whose members manage over a fifth of the Uplands -has welcomed the Government’s Nature Improvement Area initiative in the Natural Environment White Paper today (7th June). It offers a real vehicle to achieve The Moorland Association’s aim to regenerate 250,000 acres of lost heather moorland. The Natural Environment Assessment last week, […]

MOORLANDS FAILED BY FLAWED SYSTEM TO PREDICT BLAZES

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4th May 2011

The Moorland Association – managers of over a fifth of the moorlands in England and Wales – have slammed the Met Office system in place to protect some of England’s most precious landscapes from wildfires as ‘pitifully inadequate. Chairman of the Moorland Association, Edward Bromet, explained: “We have several square miles of peatland habitat ablaze […]

TWO GROUSE MOOR GAMEKEEPERS RUNNERS-UP FOR BELLAMY TROPHY

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22nd March 2011

Grouse moor gamekeepers, George Thompson from Spaunton Moor on the North Yorks Moors and Alan Edwards, from East Allenheads, Northumberland have been named as runners-up in The Bellamy Trophy, a major new countryside award for conservation and education. The landmark prize is the brainchild of Professor David Bellamy – icon of the global environmental movement […]

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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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RECORD HIGH FOR CURLEW ON WENSLEYDALE ESTATE The Bolton Estate in Wensleydale is celebrating a record number of nesting Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) this year, with an estimated 250 pairs on the estate. By contrast there are thought to be only 450 pairs of curlew in the whole of the south of England, from Birmingham to Land’s End. The curlew is a […]

The Game Fair 26-28 July Our Friends at The Game Fair have kindly offered a 20 percent discount to Moorland Association members booking tickets online. Please use the code MOOR20 to access your discount for this year’s event on 26-28 July at Blenheim Palace.

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