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BIG PICTURE BENEFITS OF GROUSE SHOOTING HIGHLIGHTED

3rd December 2014

As the 2014 grouse season closes on the 10th December, the value of grouse shooting and the benefit it brings for the economy and the environment are highlighted in an infographic being sent to MPs by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Moorland Association. The infographic highlights key facts about grouse […]

Where have all the waders gone?

24th November 2014

A study published in the Welsh Ornithological Society’s journal Birds in Wales, highlights the fragility of some bird populations on the Berwyn Special Protection Area (SPA) in North Wales and identifies the tragic loss of lapwing from the sample plots as well as a massive reduction of other important waders such as golden plover and […]

BIRD FLU and Live Quarry Shooting

18th November 2014

Shooting organisations are in close touch with Defra and with each other over the handling of the confirmed case of Avian Influenza at a single, indoor duck farm near to Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The virus has been identified as H5N8, which is highly pathogenic in birds but it is not H5N1 […]

FUTURE LOOKS PROMISING FOR MOORLAND WADING BIRDS IN NATIONAL PARK

5th November 2014

The number of golden plover recorded on the moorland of the North York Moors could be at its highest level for 18 years. The picture looks promising for other wading birds too with no further decline in breeding lapwing and populations of curlew holding steady, bucking a national declining  trend. Publications The National Park Authority praised […]

RSPB BIRDCRIME FIGURES 2013

29th October 2014

Following the release of an unofficial report by the RSPB on crimes against Birds of Prey in the UK in 2013, the MA issued the following response. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: One bird of prey death from an illegal act is one too many, but the RSPB continues to invest time […]

DEFRA RESPOND TO HEN HARRIER RECOVERY PLAN E-PETITION

10th October 2014

An e-petition, supported by the Moorland Association, called on Defra to publish the Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan. It has received the following response: “As this e-petition has received more than 10 000 signatures, the relevant Government department has provided the following response: The Government is concerned about the hen harrier population in England and […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION RESPONSE TO EMBER REPORT

1st October 2014

THE ancient tradition of carefully managed rotational burning on moorlands following modern best practice is one of many tools used to enhance some species in fragile upland areas. Over the past six months, nature, conservation, farming, grouse shooting and water quality representatives have been identifying best methods for restoring the underlying peatland. Work was carried […]

HOORAY FOR HARRIERS AND THEIR MINDERS

4th September 2014

The Moorland Association, as part of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative, has played a significant part in the successful breeding of hen harriers in the Peak District – the first in eight years it is thought. Moorland restoration and management for red grouse has been key to providing the right habitat and food […]

GROUSE PAVE WAY FOR SPECIES SURVIVAL

11th August 2014

A NATIONAL spotlight on hen harriers starts the grouse shooting season with England’s moorland owners committed to a £52.5 million annual spend on conservation and seriously threatened species. As the Glorious Twelfth is celebrated on Tuesday, the industry’s year-round battle to safeguard 860,000 acres of heather moorland for wild red grouse has benefitted some of […]

Focus on Hen Harriers to start species recovery

6th August 2014

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 publish a plan for their recovery across England. Three events have been planned by bird enthusiasts […]

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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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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 […]

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