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Blanket Bog Track Trial Success

9th January 2018

  For years land managers have faced the challenge of trying to protect one of the UK’s most prized environmental landscapes as they work. Now, new research has provided a big boost to safeguarding fragile upland blanket bogs along access routes. A study has been published that demonstrates that it is possible to use some […]

Scottish Golden Eagle Reports show significant progress

15th December 2017

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project, which aims to boost the numbers in southern Scotland, has taken another significant step forward  with the announcement that the project team will be collecting eagle chicks from the Highlands and Islands and releasing them as satellite-tagged juveniles. The project team is now seeking new team members to work […]

Raptor Persecution Maps

15th December 2017

The Moorland Association, as a member of the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group welcomes the publication of the raptor persecution maps. Our involvement in the group demonstrates the commitment of grouse moor managers to play their part in the continuing efforts to eradicate all forms of wildlife crime. The maps help provide accurate information which […]

Waders are the winners in Wensleydale

28th November 2017

The Moorland Association has welcomed a new report by the British Trust for Ornithology that highlights the key role that grouse moor gamekeepers can play in the monitoring and conservation of thriving upland wader populations. The report details a pilot project in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which trialled methods for involving gamekeepers […]

Chefs go wild about grouse during Great British Game Week

20th November 2017

Chefs across the UK are giving grouse pride of place during Great British Game Week which starts today. Great British Game Week aims to highlight the best of wild and natural produce from our countryside harvest. Game is not only part of the British heritage but is also a vibrant and a modern addition to […]

Moorland Association statement on Government response to shooting petition

17th November 2017

Following the publication of the UK Government’s response to a petition calling for an end to driven grouse shooting, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The shooting community understands that shooting activities evoke strong opinions. This latest petition which urges an end to driven grouse shooting […]

Our Common Cause project takes another step forward

2nd November 2017

As a partnership organisation involved in the Our Common Cause project, we would like to congratulate the Foundation for Common Land and the National Trust on successfully securing a first round Heritage Grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to develop a detailed second round application for submission in March 2019. The project […]

Moorland Association response to RSPB 2016 Birdcrime report

1st November 2017

Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: “Thousands of people who are actively involved in grouse shooting fully wish to see the eradication of all forms of wildlife crime. “These people are working day in, day out delivering a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits – and this includes the conservation of […]

Gamekeepers go above and beyond the call of duty

27th October 2017

“Love Your Garden” – Gamekeeper Style A team of gamekeepers from the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that if an Englishman’s home is his castle then his garden should be his pride and joy. Wilf Wilson, an 88 year old retired gamekeeper from […]

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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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WILD JUSTICE LOSE IN COURT AGAIN AS MOORLAND BURNING VINDICATED Leading rural organisations have welcomed a decision today to refuse Wild Justice permission for a judicial review on ‘burning’ in England for a second time. Mrs Justice Lang found all four of their grounds challenging the lawfulness of the burning regulations were unarguable. The regulations introduced by Defra this year restricted the burning of vegetation […]

NINE-YEAR LABOUR OF LOVE TO RESTORE PEAK MOORLAND NINE-YEAR LABOUR OF LOVE TO RESTORE PEAK MOORLAND   Peak District farmer and Moorland Association member Geoff Eyre has spent nine years restoring 425 acres of moorland from impenetrable bracken back to a more diverse heather-rich habitat, providing a boost for native wildlife and adding to its carbon capturing potential. From a virtual desert, today […]

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