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ROBUST AND RESILIENT RAPTOR POPULATIONS ON NORTH YORK MOORS

14th September 2021

New data published by the Moorland Association shows a flourishing raptor population on grouse moors in the North York Moors for the third year running. Spaunton Estate saw a total of 1,552 raptors in its annual counts, double the number recorded in 2018. The most populous species of raptor is Buzzards – 726 sightings were […]

SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR NIDDERDALE BARN OWLS

1st September 2021

Gamekeepers in Nidderdale are celebrating the successful fledging of three barn owls after the sad loss of two chicks last year. In 2020 in the same barn three owlets hatched but two of the three fell to their death from a ledge several metres up. To improve the beautiful and protected birds’ chances this year, […]

SUSTAINABLE GROUSE ON THE MENU

16th August 2021

  MasterChef finalist Juanita Hennessey took to the moors today to prove that red grouse is one of the UK’s most sustainable foods. As the grouse season officially gets under way, Juanita showed that the number of grouse produced per acre is a tiny faction compared with other foods. Only one or two grouse is […]

GROUSE SEASON PROVIDES BOOST FOR CONSERVATION AND HARD-HIT RURAL BUSINESSES

12th August 2021

The start of the grouse shooting season got under way today in the wake of new research that underlines the social, economic and environmental importance of moorland management. This year’s season is expected to be particularly important to rural areas as they recover from the impact of lockdown. Research published earlier this week by the […]

MERLIN SUCCESS ON THE NORTH YORK MOORS

11th August 2021

The number of merlin chicks fledging on the North York Moors has reached 56, demonstrating a good recovery after a poor season in 2020. A new survey carried out by grouse moor keepers covering the majority of the North York Moors National Park moorland area has revealed 56 young merlin on the wing, suggesting a […]

GROUSE SHOOTING GIVES BOOST TO RURAL ECONOMIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, SAYS STUDY

7th August 2021

The Daily Telegraph reports on a forthcoming academic study on sustainability and grouse shooting Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study Sport supports tourism, employment and biodiversity, experts argue. Plus, Prof James Crabbe on why Glorious 12th is vital for conservation By Hayley Dixon, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT There are 8.38 million […]

EXCELLENT PROSPECTS FOR HEN HARRIER BREEDING

5th August 2021

The prospect of another record-breaking year for Hen Harrier breeding rose today after reports of successful nests from several parts of the country. Land managers have reported 24 successful nests on moorland in Northumberland, North  Yorkshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire and Lancashire. Of the 24 successful nests, 19 are on moors managed for red grouse. […]

RURAL ORGANISATIONS LAUNCH NEW PARTNERSHIP

23rd July 2021

Leading UK rural organisations have today (23rd July) announced the launch of a formal partnership to promote the multitude of conservation and community benefits that make the countryside a better place for all to enjoy.   ‘Aim To Sustain’ has been formed to highlight the crucial role that sustainable game shooting plays in delivering biodiversity net gain […]

NEW OFFICIAL TREES AND PEAT GUIDANCE SUPPORTS GROUSE MOORS’ STRATEGY

14th July 2021

The strategy of grouse moor managers to avoid planting trees on peatland has been supported by new official guidance that acknowledges trees can damage peatlands. A framework for establishing new woodland issued by the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and Natural England reaffirms the importance of healthy peatlands to aid carbon capture. The guidance advises that […]

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 […]

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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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ROBUST AND RESILIENT RAPTOR POPULATIONS ON NORTH YORK MOORS New data published by the Moorland Association shows a flourishing raptor population on grouse moors in the North York Moors for the third year running. Spaunton Estate saw a total of 1,552 raptors in its annual counts, double the number recorded in 2018. The most populous species of raptor is Buzzards – 726 sightings were […]

SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR NIDDERDALE BARN OWLS Gamekeepers in Nidderdale are celebrating the successful fledging of three barn owls after the sad loss of two chicks last year. In 2020 in the same barn three owlets hatched but two of the three fell to their death from a ledge several metres up. To improve the beautiful and protected birds’ chances this year, […]

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