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M&S GROUSE DELAY – SHOPPERS’ DISAPPOINTMENT

28th July 2014

After a very successful pilot last year stocking fresh red grouse in two London stores it was hoped that grouse – a wild game bird unique to Britain – would be on the shelves again this season rolled-out to 40 stores, but plans have had to be delayed. M&S has said it has been working […]

HEN HARRIER E-PETITION – SIGN UP FOR MORE HARRIERS

28th July 2014

An HM Government e-petition has been posted that calls for the publication of the Hen Harrer Joint Recovery Plan which seeks to boost hen harrier numbers in England whilst ensuring continued viable driven grouse shooting and the environmental, social and economic benefits it brings. The Moorland Association backs the Plan and calls for it to […]

Moorland Association Challenges RSPB to work together

30th June 2014

The Moorland Association(MA)Director, Amanda Anderson, has responded to an open letter from RSPB Chief Exec., Mike Clarke. The MA feels that further regulation of grouse moors will not see the improvements the RSPB hopes for, but challenges the RSPB to work with the MA and others to define what successful upland land management looks like […]

VERY SWEET TWEET

30th June 2014

RARE pictures of merlin chicks have been released by the organisation committed to protecting the threatened species. Britain’s smallest birds of prey are bucking a national decline and breeding well on heather moorland managed by gamekeepers for wild red grouse. A recent independent study for the Moorland Association (MA) found there were four times more […]

MERLIN THRIVE ON GROUSE MOORS

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21st March 2014

BRITAIN’S smallest birds of prey are flying in to nest on English grouse moors which have helped stave off their downfall. A new study commissioned by the Moorland Association (MA) has found dramatic gains in merlin populations on globally recognised heather moorland managed by gamekeepers for wild red grouse. Consultant ecologists, Penny Anderson Associates, have […]

MAJOR MOORLAND ROLE

20th January 2014

The Moorland Association (MA), an acclaimed national organisation protecting over 850,000 acres of globally recognised heather moorland, has appointed its first ever Director. The MA has brought a woman to the helm for the first time in its 29-year history, to replace its founding secretary. Amanda Anderson, 42, of Austwick, near Lancaster, will be looking […]

Working Together On Land Use Priorities

28th November 2013

Andrew Walker, Yorkshire Water Catchment Manager, and grouse moor gamekeeper, Kevin Benson, exchange positive feedback on a successfully blocked gully on Keighley Moor. The water pools created by the remedial work provide drinking water for ground nesting birds and insect habitat, whilst the slower water movement and profusion of sphagnum mosses should help lower the […]

GOOD GROUSE FORECAST

7th August 2013

AS the ‘glorious twelfth’ looms, the £67 million pound English grouse shooting industry is hailed for far-reaching contributions to conservation and the economy. Predicting a good season, owners of globally recognised heather moorland say without shooting income, vital ecosystems – and over 1,500 jobs – would be lost. While serious wildlife and habitat declines were […]

TOP TESTIMONY FOR MOORLAND MANAGEMENT

18th July 2013

The Moorland Association hosted a meeting on Grinton Moor with Natural England’s Chair (Poul Christensen) and Chief Executive (David Webster) who wanted to see firsthand the work that goes on to manage England’s spectacular heather moorland, and to understand more about the management that creates the special conditions for grouse and other moorland wildlife. The […]

LANTERN REPORT LACKS LUSTER – WHILST MIDLANDS CHOKE ON ACRID SMOKE

2nd July 2013

Just weeks after Defra said that the impact on the environment from sky lanterns is low and had no plans to insist that manufacturers and retailers switch to readily available eco-friendly designs, an inferno at a plastic recycling centre caused £6,000,000 damage, injured eleven fire fighters and saw 100,000 tonnes of plastic go up in […]

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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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