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Rare short-eared owls and kestrels see record levels of breeding success in Scotland’s glen

11th August 2015

AN EXPERIENCED bird ringer  has found numbers of endangered owls on grouse moor areas in Perthshire are bucking national trends. Neil Morrison claims a partnership between conservationists and gamekeepers is making the difference. For two decades, the owl expert, licensed to ring birds by BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Scotland, has counted numbers of various bird […]

Grouse season hit by calamitous conditions

9th August 2015

SOME of the worst breeding conditions in living memory are set to hit 2015’s grouse shooting season with predictions that around 40 percent of days will be lost across the board. Prolonged extreme weather conditions have affected all our wildlife, says Robert Benson, chairman of The Moorland Association, whose members manage one million acres of […]

Leading countryside organisations say hen harriers need plan for recovery

5th August 2015

THE British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Countryside Alliance, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Moorland Association all want to see more hen harriers nesting in England and are calling for Defra to implement a plan for their recovery across England. A series of events has been planned across […]

Hen harrier breeding season set to be most successful for five years

5th August 2015

Natural England press release: FIGURES from the 2015 hen harrier breeding season show it is on track to be the most successful year since 2010. Despite poor weather throughout the breeding season, there are six successful harrier nests fledging 18 new chicks. An additional seventh nest – which was close to fledging young – unfortunately […]

Conflict in the Uplands? Collaboration and consensus more like it!

29th July 2015

AS one of the biggest celebrations of field sports in Britain gets underway attention is focussed on controversy in the uplands. Joining the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House, near Leeds, members of The Moorland Association (MA) – who are responsible for some of England’s rarest and most protected high ground – are reporting notable […]

New grouse recipes launched ahead of the Glorious 12th – Game to Eat

26th July 2015

COUNTRYSIDE Alliance’s dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th.It features grouse recipes donated by some of the country’s top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe.Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked […]

Barn owl delight

24th July 2015

AN exciting return of barn owls has been heralded by Moorland Association members at Mossy Lea estate in Glossop. Gamekeeper on the moor managed for grouse shooting, John Conway, explained good land management, including tree planting and general conservation, had led to an overall increase in wildlife. He said: “It’s all great news, but the […]

RSPB new paper on heather burning

20th July 2015

A NEW paper on the extent and frequency of heather burning used as a vegetation management tool across Britain is published in Biological Conservation. It maps areas that have been burnt to regenerate vegetation for sheep and grouse between 2001 and 2011 and overlays these with areas of designation for conservation. Amanda Anderson, director […]

All hen harriers nest attempts fail on Skye

10th July 2015

For the first time in 16 years, all hen harrier nesting attempts have failed in the Skye study area. Check out the information in this blog  

Bag a bargain

10th July 2015

 AS the glorious 12th fast approaches, frozen supermarket giant Iceland has announced it has secured a limited supply of whole grouse and will sell the tasty game bird for £8.99 for a pack of two. They have been sourced from moors in northern England and Scotland, rich in heather and audited to ensure they adhered […]


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 […]