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MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES DEFRA PEAT ACTION PLAN

18th May 2021

The Moorland Association today welcomed the publication of the England Peat Action Plan and said that grouse moors will continue to play an important role in improving and protecting peatland for years to come. Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: “Moorland owners and managers across England share government’s aspirations to improve peatland and […]

National sky lantern ban needed, new coalition urges

5th May 2021

The government should act now and make the use of sky lanterns illegal, that’s the message from leading farming, environment, animal and fire organisations.  The group made up of 18 agencies, including the Moorland Association, has written to Environment Minister Rebecca Pow to explain how the Government’s approach not to regulate sky lanterns is now […]

MOORLAND WILDFIRE WARNING FOR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOLLOWING SPATE OF SEVERE WILDFIRES

30th April 2021

Gamekeepers  and moorland managers who helped firefighters to tackle recent wildfires are warning the public of the continued risk of wildfire on moorland over the Bank Holiday weekend. There have been six major wildfires on moorland in the north of England since the start of the month. Many smaller fires are extinguished by gamekeepers without […]

CURLEW CONSERVATION A BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE LAND MANAGEMENT

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20th April 2021

The Moorland Association is to ask the government to consider the success of curlew conservation measures on grouse moors as an example of how future agricultural policy could be framed, under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme. Ahead of World Curlew Day on April 21, a new survey from the Moorland Association reveals that the […]

ENCOURAGING YEAR FOR PEREGRINES IN PEAK DISTRICT UPLANDS

16th March 2021

The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative has published its 2020 final report, showing encouraging breeding successes for several bird of prey species in moorland areas of the Peak District, thanks to collaboration between landowners, gamekeepers and raptor workers during COVID-19. The report brings together data on key birds of prey nesting within the Dark […]

MOORS HIT TARGETS FOR CARBON CAPTURE

15th March 2021

The equivalent of more than 33,000 cars’ worth of carbon emissions is being removed from the atmosphere each year due to the pioneering environmental work of grouse moor estates in the north of England, a new survey has revealed. A survey of Moorland Association members has revealed the extent of conservation work undertaken in the […]

MOOR OWNERS’ REACTION TO GOVERNMENT MOVE ON HEATHER BURNING

29th January 2021

The Moorland Association, whose members care for more than one million acres of moorland, issued the following statement in response to the Government’s announcement on new legislation regarding heather burning on blanket bog. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Heather burning is a vital tool for moor owners and managers who are heavily […]

RARE HEN HARRIER NOW REPORTED ON HALF OF GROUSE MOORS

25th January 2021

Hen harriers are being recorded on at least half of grouse moors in England, a new survey has revealed. The hen harrier is one of the most at-risk birds of prey in the UK and a government-led action plan is in operation to help boost the population. A survey conducted by the Moorland Association, which […]

OWL PHOTO WINS MOORLAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

6th January 2021

This stunning image of a rare short-eared owl taken on moorland above Scar House reservoir in Upper Nidderdale has won a wildlife photography competition. Entries to the competition came from all over the north of England and show the variety of native wildlife thriving in upland areas. The beautiful owl with its golden eyes and […]

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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 WELCOMES DEFRA PEAT ACTION PLAN The Moorland Association today welcomed the publication of the England Peat Action Plan and said that grouse moors will continue to play an important role in improving and protecting peatland for years to come. Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: “Moorland owners and managers across England share government’s aspirations to improve peatland and […]

National sky lantern ban needed, new coalition urges The government should act now and make the use of sky lanterns illegal, that’s the message from leading farming, environment, animal and fire organisations.  The group made up of 18 agencies, including the Moorland Association, has written to Environment Minister Rebecca Pow to explain how the Government’s approach not to regulate sky lanterns is now […]

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