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We work with the Government and some of Britain’s leading land management organisations and charities including Defra, Natural England, Environment Agency, Countryside Alliance, RSPB, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, National Gamekeepers Organisation, The Heather Trust, water companies, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and the National Farmers Union.

Chairman of Natural England, Andrew Sells, gets to grips with modern moorland management equipment

Chairman of Natural England, Andrew Sells, gets to grips with modern moorland management equipment

Forging close ties with influential bodies allows us to foster a greater understanding of the widespread needs and issues surrounding both our moorlands and grouse shooting.

Advising leading legislators and policy makers, we play an important role in guiding and developing new regulations and initiatives. We are are proud to have been actively involved in the hen harrier recovery plan and on-going issues, including brood management. Read more…

Responding to the alarming decline in the black grouse population, our managers have extended their predator control to some 450,000 acres of moorland fringe. In addition, they have planted 1.1 million native trees as a food source in areas favoured by the species. Read more…

They have also plugged in excess of 4,000 km of moorland drainage ditches to help re-wet bogs and many more are planned. Working with peatland restoration partnerships, the mission to re-vegetate and re-profile bare and eroding areas of peat continues in a bid to reduce carbon loss. Read more… 

With a membership made-up of land owners and managers, we regularly consult with them to share information and new land management techniques and best practice. Crucially, the association collects and shares vital information and takes part in important scientific studies into the land, its habitats and wildlife.

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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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MOORLAND ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON RSPB STANCE ON GAMEBIRD SHOOTING Mark Cunliffe Lister, chairman of the Moorland Association, said: “The call for licensing of driven grouse shooting and the threat of a possible ban in future is both disproportionate and unnecessary. “Licensing of grouse shooting would add another expensive layer of bureaucracy that would not resolve wildlife crime and environmental issues that are already being […]

Countryside organisations urge Government to back new ‘blueprint’ for future of shooting Leading countryside organisations have today (Friday October 9) urged the Government to support a new blueprint for the shooting sector which aims to deliver a ‘game changing’ benefit for the environment. The guidelines provide the most comprehensive framework to date for the creation, management and restoration of habitat for wildlife. The blueprint has been adopted […]

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