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Boosting bees

6th July 2015

LAND managers and shoot organisers are being encouraged create habitats where bees can flourish. Countryside groups, such as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Moorland Association say that shoots can pitch in by selecting nectar-rich plant species in wild bird covers, planting field margins with wildflower seeds and allowing beekeepers to […]

Taste of Game Launch Grouse and Whinberry Crisps

2nd July 2015

 With many moors starting to reach their pre-war potential for grouse harvested and now with more consistency year on year, there is exciting scope to broaden the market for shot grouse. Introducing people to the unique taste of grouse is the first step and BASC have launched a smartly packaged 40g bag of Grouse & […]

Major climate change report welcomed

30th June 2015

CALLS to government for early action to avoid spiralling costs and impacts of climate change have been welcomed by the Moorland Association. Following today’s publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s progress report, owners and managers of more than a million acres of uplands in England and Wales say they have played a key role […]

New book calls for better wildlife management

26th June 2015

THERE is scarcely an acre of Britain which is truly wild, says Charlie Pye-Smith in his compelling new book, The Facts of Rural Life. Making a convincing case for the need of better wildlife management, he maintains farming, forestry, hunting, water extraction and urbanisation have all had a profound effect on our flora and fauna. […]

Grouse shooting hailed in major uplands study

23rd April 2015

  GROUSE moor management on two Yorkshire moors has been hailed in a major study of the uplands. A national drive to care for and protect the country’s most beautiful and vulnerable high ground is highlighted in Better Outcomes for Upland Commons. Aimed at improving long-term working relations between all those with an interest in […]

Historic Moors applauded

26th March 2015

A MAJOR wildlife and walking magnet which has seen substantial conservation investment has been endorsed by a prominent politician. Leader of High Peak Borough Council and Labour’s prospective MP for the area, Caitlin Bisknell has been on a fact-finding visit to 2,000 acres of internationally protected heath in Glossop. Extensive planting has seen 25,000 new […]

Ancient peatlands to grow again

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17th March 2015

The peat bogs have been in decline since the industrial revolution, but thanks to individual moorland business owners, 30 large Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements are now underway to bring about £15 million of moorland restoration measures over the coming 3-5 years.  Funding from the scheme will be of great importance in bringing upland Sites of […]

Welcoming the first ever Tour de Yorkshire

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16th March 2015

May 1 to 3, 2015 As anticipation mounts for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, the county’s moorlands are poised to form a stunning backdrop to the many scenic stretches. Stage one, on Friday, May 1, passes through the North York Moors, via beautiful Rosedale Valley, flanked by Spaunton and Rosedale moors, before riders reach […]


12th March 2015

A PIONEERING partnership is being launched to care for some of England’s most beautiful and vulnerable high ground. The Uplands Alliance (UA) brings together for the first time practitioners, researchers and policy makers with interests in the highest areas of land, including treasured landscapes of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor. Seventy four per […]


2nd February 2015

SIGNIFICANT gains from grouse shooting to the rural economy and conservation have been hailed by a leading North Yorkshire politician. Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake said that grouse moor management is worth £67 million to the rural economy, is responsible for 1,500 jobs, the safeguarding of 860,000 acres of iconic […]


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 […]