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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 […]

PEAK DISTRICT BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT

21st March 2022

Moorland bird populations in the Peak District are rising and in many cases show a more positive outlook than in other parts of the UK, according to new research. Conservation partners have analysed data from the past 16 years and found significant increases in some species. Moorland waders (Lapwing, Golden Plover, Curlew, and Snipe) are […]

NORTHERN ENGLAND A STRONGHOLD FOR BLACK GROUSE DESPITE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF POOR BREEDING

18th March 2022

Video courtesy of Emily Graham Media. The Moorland Association welcomes new research from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust showing that the population of rare Black Grouse remains stable on moorland in the north of England, despite successive years of poor breeding. Research shows that 96 per cent of all Black Grouse in England live […]

Aim to Sustain hails Wild Justice defeat as “vindication of upland managers”

18th January 2022

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 […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES PRISON SENTENCE FOR MOORLAND FIRE

18th January 2022

The Moorland Association welcomes the news that an individual has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for causing a fire which destroyed  285 hectares (two square miles) of Marsden Moor last April. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: “It is well known that moorland is highly susceptible to wildfire in the spring […]

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLED BURNING

6th January 2022

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 […]

BEAUTIFUL CUCKOO PICTURE WINS MOORLAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

22nd December 2021

  This captivating image of a Cuckoo taken in the Northern Pennines has won a wildlife photography competition. Entries to the competition came from all over the north of England and show the variety of native wildlife thriving in upland areas. The rare bird was spotted by keen photographer Ryan Williams from Manchester, who had […]

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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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HEN HARRIER NESTCAM ON SWINTON ESTATE │ COMPILATION This Spring, five Hen Harrier chicks fledged successfully from a nest on Swinton Estate in Yorkshire. The estate is a partner in the government’s Hen Harrier action plan. For the first time in the UK, a nestcam provided live streaming footage from the Hen Harrier nest – click below to watch a compilation of clips […]

TRIO OF CONSERVATION AWARDS FOR MOORLAND ASSOCIATION ESTATES Three Moorland Association estates – Swinton, Egton and Coverhead – have won prestigious ‘Life on Land’ awards for their conservation work benefiting rare birds. The ‘Life on Land’ awards from RedList Revival are presented to landholdings exceeding the top 1 per cent in the UK for abundance of a key species.  Swinton achieved this for […]

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