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HEN HARRIERS BROUGHT BACK FROM THE BRINK

26th August 2022

The Moorland Association today welcomes news of a further increase in successful breeding by Hen Harriers in England, with 75 per cent of nests on grouse moors. Natural England reports that 119 chicks have fledged from nests in the north of England – a record number and the highest figure for 100 years. This is […]

RURAL BUSINESSES BOUNCE BACK FOR START OF SHOOTING SEASON

12th August 2022

Rural communities and businesses were today celebrating the Glorious 12th, the start of the grouse shooting season. Pubs, hotels, shops and suppliers voiced their support for the social, economic and environmental benefits that come with a successful grouse programme which can run until 10th December. One of the first grouse moors in action today was […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION URGES MAJOR RETHINK ON EFFORTS TO TACKLE DEADLY WILDFIRES

22nd July 2022

The Moorland Association, whose members manage nearly one million acres of heather moorland, today called for a ‘major rethink’ on how best to tackle devastating wildfires. The association said today the surge in wildfires in the UK and internationally serves as the ‘starkest reminder’ of the need to reduce the fuel loads that drives wildfire. […]

HEN HARRIER NESTCAM ON SWINTON ESTATE │ COMPILATION

4th July 2022

This Spring, five Hen Harrier chicks fledged successfully from a nest on Swinton Estate in Yorkshire. The estate is a partner in the government’s Hen Harrier action plan. For the first time in the UK, a nestcam provided live streaming footage from the Hen Harrier nest – click below to watch a compilation of clips […]

TRIO OF CONSERVATION AWARDS FOR MOORLAND ASSOCIATION ESTATES

9th June 2022

Three Moorland Association estates – Swinton, Egton and Coverhead – have won prestigious ‘Life on Land’ awards for their conservation work benefiting rare birds. The ‘Life on Land’ awards from RedList Revival are presented to landholdings exceeding the top 1 per cent in the UK for abundance of a key species.  Swinton achieved this for […]

THREE IN A ROW FOR BIRDS OF PREY AT SPAUNTON

6th June 2022

Spaunton Estate in the North York Moors has revealed its third consecutive year of increased bird of prey sightings. Spaunton is renowned for its birdlife, notably 16 of the UK’s 21 species of bird of prey. Over the latest 12-month period the number of birds of prey spotted on the estate has increased to an […]

FIRST LIVE HEN HARRIER WEBCAM IN ENGLAND NOW ONLINE

1st June 2022

  The Moorland Association today unveils the first webcam in England to document rare Hen Harriers in real time. The birds, on Swinton Estate in Yorkshire, are nesting now, providing an extraordinary insight into the daily life of one of England’s rarest birds of prey. The Moorland Association has championed efforts to help re-establish a […]

HEATHER BURNING – PRESENTING THE TRUE PICTURE

31st May 2022

The Moorland Association today responds to allegations that there have been breaches of the Heather & Grass Burning Regulations 2021. This supposedly extensive investigation reveals that the overwhelming majority of controlled burns comply with the legislation. Even by their own admission, RSPB and Greenpeace have found only two incidents of burning where they believe a […]

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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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