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Landmark survey reveals moorland birds are thriving

31st October 2019

A new survey of breeding birds in the Peak District National Park has shown a positive trend in numbers of endangered species. Populations of 16 bird species in the Peak District are up, in contrast to national trends from the UK Government’s State of Nature 2019 report. Out of the 29 species sighted, the numbers […]

Moorland Association respond to RSPB game bird shooting review announcement

28th October 2019

The Moorland Association, which represents moorland owners and managers in England, today urged the RSPB to be ‘fair and factual’ in the review of game shooting it plans to conduct. Responding to the announcement of the review at the RSPB AGM,  Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said:  “There are hundreds of people within […]

LANDMARK REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CONSERVATION VALUE OF GROUSE MOOR MANAGEMENT

7th October 2019

The Moorland Association said today that the final report of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP) published today has highlighted the multiple environmental and conservation benefits provided by grouse moor management. The full LMDP report can be read here The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project was a partnership of Buccleuch, Scottish Natural Heritage, Game & Wildlife […]

Satellite data reveals Hen Harriers soaring over England

29th September 2019

Satellite data from an innovative scheme to help boost England’s Hen Harrier population has shed new light on the activities of the birds at the centre of the initiative. Five Hen Harriers which fledged this summer were fitted with satellite tags as part of a trial of a brood management scheme in which a brood […]

Moorland Association response to Landscapes Review

25th September 2019

The Moorland Association has stated its support for many of the key recommendations made in the final report of the independent review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The Landscapes Review was an important piece of work and affirms the importance of ensuring […]

Grouse moors respond to RSPB birdcrime report

29th August 2019

The Moorland Association, which represents grouse moor owners and managers in England, said today that grouse moors are a proven friend of the environment and not an enemy. Following the publication of the 2018 Birdcrime Report by RSPB, Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: ” One incident of wildlife crime anywhere is too […]

STATEMENT ON ILKLEY MOOR ARSONIST SENTENCE

22nd August 2019

The Moorland Association responds to the sentencing of Mohammed Zulkifl at Bradford Crown Court today. Zulkifl pleaded guilty to committing arson on Ilkley Moor in April and was sentenced to a young offender’s institution for 27 months. Passing the sentence Judge Durham Hall remarked: “This case is a matter that has come to considerable public […]

Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier fly high over grouse moors

18th August 2019

The arrival of the grouse shooting season has been enhanced by an upsurge of breeding success stories including Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Hen Harrier. A survey of 14 grouse moors on the North York Moors revealed they hosted at least 25 nests of Merlin in 2019.  Eighteen of these nests were monitored by gamekeepers and […]

‘FLAGSHIP GROUSE MOOR RESEARCH’ DRIVING POLICY CHANGE CHALLENGED

13th August 2019

The Moorland Association today called for the government to ‘hit the pause button’ on making decisions over the impact of heather burning on grouse moorland following the publication of a new scientific report, which has found previous research to be ‘flawed’ and ‘unreliable.’ Scientists from Lancaster and York Universities have published a critical analysis of […]

Moor owners hail breeding success a ‘turning point’ as they support Hen Harrier Day

11th August 2019

Grouse moor owners today voiced their support of Hen Harrier Day and predicted that breeding success of the species in England this year had marked a ‘turning point’ in efforts to rebuild the population. Following the announcement by Natural England earlier today that hen harriers have enjoyed a record year for breeding success in England, Amanda […]

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Did You Know?

75% of of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain – 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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Landmark survey reveals moorland birds are thriving A new survey of breeding birds in the Peak District National Park has shown a positive trend in numbers of endangered species. Populations of 16 bird species in the Peak District are up, in contrast to national trends from the UK Government’s State of Nature 2019 report. Out of the 29 species sighted, the numbers […]

Moorland Association respond to RSPB game bird shooting review announcement The Moorland Association, which represents moorland owners and managers in England, today urged the RSPB to be ‘fair and factual’ in the review of game shooting it plans to conduct. Responding to the announcement of the review at the RSPB AGM,  Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said:  “There are hundreds of people within […]

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