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3rd June 2013

BRITISH shooting and country land management organisations have come together to launch a campaign to remind individuals to comply with the law on the use of lead shot. In England, it has been illegal to use lead shot over all foreshore, specified Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and for the shooting of all wildfowl wherever […]


30th May 2013

Ground-breaking opportunities for game keeping, agriculture and countryside students have been announced by Askham Bryan College which is taking on a prestigious grouse moor once used by royalty. The specialist land-based College has leased 5,000 acres of moorland at Shap, Cumbria, as a practical resource for students from its campuses in York and at Newton […]


21st May 2013

A key conclusion about significant fire risk in the countryside has been ignored by Defra, said The Moorland Association. Defra has said that the impact on the environment from sky lanterns is low and therefore has no plans to insist that manufacturers and retailers switch to readily available eco-friendly designs. However, the report by ADAS […]


21st May 2013

ONE of the country’s most threatened bird species is bucking serious decline by finding a protected haven. Parts of the North York Moors are continuing to see steady numbers of ring ouzels, despite a dramatic fall in population across the UK in recent years. A study in 1999 put the ring ouzel on the Red […]


27th March 2013

GUARDIANS of 850,000 acres of precious UK heather moorland have welcomed major government-backed blanket bog management research. Moorland Association members say the five-year project commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is expected to shed new light on complex ecological issues. Chairman, Robert Benson, explained that Britain had three quarters of […]

Government’s Measured Response On Wildlife Crime.

18th March 2013

The Government should be congratulated on its measured response to the Environment Audit Committee’s Report on Wildlife Crime (2012-13) and for its recognition of the good progress that has been made since 2004, says the Moorland Association. In its written evidence to the Environment Audit Committee on Wildlife Crime, The Moorland Association welcomed an initiative […]

Temporary Triumph in Bracken Battle

27th February 2013

Moorland owners are heralding a temporary triumph following furore over an EU ban on the only effective bracken control herbicide. The ruling that came into force on January 1 has been given a short UK reprieve, following intensive campaigning by The Bracken Control Group, backed by the Moorland Association. Following new advice from the government’s […]

Bird of prey poisoning maps welcomed by Moorland Association

12th February 2013

Maps showing where birds of prey have been poisoned should serve as a wake-up call, Environment Minister Richard Benyon said today. The maps, published for the first time by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW), highlight both the number and location of confirmed poisonings of birds of prey from 2007 to 2011 across […]


7th December 2012

Mark Avery has reviewed a new book, Partridges, by Dick Potts on wild grey partridges; a red listed game species in steep decline due to changing land management and use. In his review printed in the December 2012 issue of Birdwatch, Mark says: “Dick has studied partridges, and worked with people who shoot them, for […]

Moorland Reclamation and Regeneration Wins Conservation Award

29th November 2012

A grouse moor in County Durham has won a prestigious conservation award for returning block forestry back to globally rare heather moorland. The Weardale Estate in Bishop Auckland won Gold at the 2012 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation. In 1984 Michael Stone, well known in the City of London as the former CEO, and […]


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 […]