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THREE IN A ROW FOR BIRDS OF PREY AT SPAUNTON

6th June 2022

Spaunton Estate in the North York Moors has revealed its third consecutive year of increased bird of prey sightings. Spaunton is renowned for its birdlife, notably 16 of the UK’s 21 species of bird of prey. Over the latest 12-month period the number of birds of prey spotted on the estate has increased to an […]

FIRST LIVE HEN HARRIER WEBCAM IN ENGLAND NOW ONLINE

1st June 2022

  The Moorland Association today unveils the first webcam in England to document rare Hen Harriers in real time. The birds, on Swinton Estate in Yorkshire, are nesting now, providing an extraordinary insight into the daily life of one of England’s rarest birds of prey. The Moorland Association has championed efforts to help re-establish a […]

HEATHER BURNING – PRESENTING THE TRUE PICTURE

31st May 2022

The Moorland Association today responds to allegations that there have been breaches of the Heather & Grass Burning Regulations 2021. This supposedly extensive investigation reveals that the overwhelming majority of controlled burns comply with the legislation. Even by their own admission, RSPB and Greenpeace have found only two incidents of burning where they believe a […]

NEW MILESTONE PASSED FOR HEN HARRIER SCHEME

10th May 2022

Natural England has granted a licence for the fifth year of a key research trial which aims to test a technique to help restore the Hen Harrier population. The Brood Management Scheme has been exploring the possibility of taking Hen Harrier chicks from the nest to a specialist rearing facility and releasing them back into […]

BBC’s WALKING WITH PAUL MERSON FILMED AT SPAUNTON ESTATE

3rd May 2022

The BBC Series Walking With… has been filmed at Spaunton Estate in the North York Moors, with football legend Paul Merson exploring the beauty of the scenery and talking candidly about his life and career as a much-loved Arsenal, Middlesbrough and England player. George Winn-Darley, owner of Spaunton Estate, said: “The scenery and wildlife of […]

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A2S Ops Director Vacancy

A2S are looking for an Operations Director to take a senior and strategic role in developing this partnership of nine leading rural organisations.

The advert and JDQ for the A2S Ops Director vacancy is now live on the A2S website. See https://aimtosustain.org.uk/vacancies/ for full details.

The closing date is May 22. If you have any queries, please drop Garry Doolan a line gdoolan@aimtosustain.org.uk (m): 07590 672065

SWINTON ESTATE WINS CONSERVATION AWARD

25th April 2022

Swinton Estate is to receive a ‘Life on Land’ award from Red List Revival for its conservation work for the benefit of rare birds.  It has been found to rank in the top 1 per cent of landholdings in the UK for its breeding hen harrier population and also in the top ten per cent […]

MOORLAND ESTATES PARTNER WTH FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE TO COMBAT DEVASTATING WILDFIRES

19th April 2022

The spate of wildfires across England in recent weeks has underlined the impact of these wildfires, which can destroy thousands of hectares in a matter of hours and pose a serious risk to people, wildlife and property. As one of the UK’s leading wildfire fire services, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service contributes to the national […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON RSPB CALL FOR BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION

6th April 2022

The RSPB has written to countryside organisations who form the Aim To Sustain Partnership calling for a statutory ban on the use of lead ammunition at the start of the 2024/2025 season. The sector has responded stating why the transition period of five years announced by the sector in February 2020 is the right way […]

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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 RESPONSE TO RSPB 2021 BIRD CRIME REPORT Following publication of the RSPB bird crime report today, the Moorland Association has issued the following statement: We unreservedly condemn any form of wildlife crime. We have a zero-tolerance policy of raptor persecution.  Government, land owners, charities and game shooting organisations are all committed to stamping out illegal raptor killing and work together positively to […]

LYME DISEASE WARNING AS HUGE NUMBER OF TICKS REPORTED IN THE PEAK DISTRICT Peak District land managers are warning of the dangers of disease carried by ticks after  a surge in the number reported this autumn. Ticks are small blood-sucking arachnids which live in areas of grassland, moorland, forest and even in parks and gardens. They feed on livestock, deer, birds, mice, horses, pets and humans. Ticks carry […]

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