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GROUSE SEASON PROVIDES BOOST FOR CONSERVATION AND HARD-HIT RURAL BUSINESSES

12th August 2021

The start of the grouse shooting season got under way today in the wake of new research that underlines the social, economic and environmental importance of moorland management. This year’s season is expected to be particularly important to rural areas as they recover from the impact of lockdown. Research published earlier this week by the […]

MERLIN SUCCESS ON THE NORTH YORK MOORS

11th August 2021

The number of merlin chicks fledging on the North York Moors has reached 56, demonstrating a good recovery after a poor season in 2020. A new survey carried out by grouse moor keepers covering the majority of the North York Moors National Park moorland area has revealed 56 young merlin on the wing, suggesting a […]

GROUSE SHOOTING GIVES BOOST TO RURAL ECONOMIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, SAYS STUDY

7th August 2021

The Daily Telegraph reports on a forthcoming academic study on sustainability and grouse shooting Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study Sport supports tourism, employment and biodiversity, experts argue. Plus, Prof James Crabbe on why Glorious 12th is vital for conservation By Hayley Dixon, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT There are 8.38 million […]

EXCELLENT PROSPECTS FOR HEN HARRIER BREEDING

5th August 2021

The prospect of another record-breaking year for Hen Harrier breeding rose today after reports of successful nests from several parts of the country. Land managers have reported 24 successful nests on moorland in Northumberland, North  Yorkshire, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire and Lancashire. Of the 24 successful nests, 19 are on moors managed for red grouse. […]

RURAL ORGANISATIONS LAUNCH NEW PARTNERSHIP

23rd July 2021

Leading UK rural organisations have today (23rd July) announced the launch of a formal partnership to promote the multitude of conservation and community benefits that make the countryside a better place for all to enjoy.   ‘Aim To Sustain’ has been formed to highlight the crucial role that sustainable game shooting plays in delivering biodiversity net gain […]

NEW OFFICIAL TREES AND PEAT GUIDANCE SUPPORTS GROUSE MOORS’ STRATEGY

14th July 2021

The strategy of grouse moor managers to avoid planting trees on peatland has been supported by new official guidance that acknowledges trees can damage peatlands. A framework for establishing new woodland issued by the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and Natural England reaffirms the importance of healthy peatlands to aid carbon capture. The guidance advises that […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES DEFRA PEAT ACTION PLAN

18th May 2021

The Moorland Association today welcomed the publication of the England Peat Action Plan and said that grouse moors will continue to play an important role in improving and protecting peatland for years to come. Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: “Moorland owners and managers across England share government’s aspirations to improve peatland and […]

National sky lantern ban needed, new coalition urges

5th May 2021

The government should act now and make the use of sky lanterns illegal, that’s the message from leading farming, environment, animal and fire organisations.  The group made up of 18 agencies, including the Moorland Association, has written to Environment Minister Rebecca Pow to explain how the Government’s approach not to regulate sky lanterns is now […]

MOORLAND WILDFIRE WARNING FOR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOLLOWING SPATE OF SEVERE WILDFIRES

30th April 2021

Gamekeepers  and moorland managers who helped firefighters to tackle recent wildfires are warning the public of the continued risk of wildfire on moorland over the Bank Holiday weekend. There have been six major wildfires on moorland in the north of England since the start of the month. Many smaller fires are extinguished by gamekeepers without […]

CURLEW CONSERVATION A BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE LAND MANAGEMENT

curlew chick and nest

20th April 2021

The Moorland Association is to ask the government to consider the success of curlew conservation measures on grouse moors as an example of how future agricultural policy could be framed, under the new Environmental Land Management Scheme. Ahead of World Curlew Day on April 21, a new survey from the Moorland Association reveals that the […]

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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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Aim to Sustain hails Wild Justice defeat as “vindication of upland managers” AIM TO SUSTAIN partner organisations have said another legal defeat for Wild Justice is vindication of those who manage Britain’s uplands. Wild Justice again attempted to launch an appeal after the High Court last month refused their application for a judicial review of the Heather Burning Regulations for a second time. But the Rt Hon Lord Justice […]

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLED BURNING Prescribed burns lock greenhouse gases in the soil Research by the University of Cambridge published in the journal Nature Geoscience confirms that controlled burning can increase carbon storage in the soil. The study found that controlled burns cause changes in soil composition which not only offset immediate losses but can actually lock in or increase […]

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