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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 […]

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 […]

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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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