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A precious landscape that’s well worth fighting for

29th January 2024

by Andrew Gilruth With the government planning how it will meet its legally binding target of halting wildlife declines by 2030 it’s hard to imagine a more pivotal time to be asked to step into the role of Chief Executive of the Moorland Association. Our members are guardians of one of the most natural remaining […]

EFFECTIVE PREDATOR CONTROL AND VALUE FOR MONEY IN PUBLICLY-FUNDED PROJECTS

4th January 2024

Andrew Gilruth, CEO of the Moorland Association, has today highlighted the need for effective predator control and value for money for the public, in a letter published in The Times (below). This follows the revelation earlier this week that a scheme, operated by RSPB, NatureScot and Orkney Island Council,  to eradicate stoats in Orkney had […]

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 […]

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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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Media coverage round-up – July 2024 Our PR team at Media House promoted our report in June highlighting our fears of a poor breeding season for moorland birds, including hen harriers – due primarily to exceptionally we weather. This resulted in several  mainstream media outlets picking up the story including these two examples below. 5 July Barnsley Chronicle Big setback for […]

BLOG: Surveillance – why are the police bypassing regulation? Most will remember the irony of RSPB staff falling foul of the courts in order to try and catch others breaking the law – and then expressing outrage when their evidence was thrown out of court here. In short, judges felt the police could not use others to circumvent the law on covert surveillance. Is […]