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GROUSE MOOR MANAGEMENT LINCHPIN OF UPLAND ECONOMICS AND WILDLIFE

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6th August 2011

The total economic impact of wild red grouse shooting in England and Wales for 2010, was in excess of £67.7 million and is set to increase this year with buoyant grouse shooting prospects, says the Moorland Association. Over £52.5Million is spent by grouse moor owners on year-round management of some of Britain’s most treasured landscapes […]

GROUSING ABOUT THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER!

25th July 2011

The British trait of soldiering-on regardless in our unpredictable weather is mirrored by the wild Red Grouse; a game bird so British it is not found anywhere else in the world, says the Moorland Association. The breeding season for this bird, found high up on the beautiful but exposed heather moorlands, has been a roller […]

BIRDS OF PREY THRIVING ON GROUSE MOORS

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11th July 2011

The Moorland Association has joined four other leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park to boost birds of prey numbers in the Dark Peak. The organisations – the MA, the National Trust, Natural England, Peak District National Park Authority and RSPB – have set targets for healthy populations of merlin, […]

PURPLE GLORY TO RETURN UNDER NEW GOVERNMENT SCHEME

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7th June 2011

The Moorland Association – whose members manage over a fifth of the Uplands -has welcomed the Government’s Nature Improvement Area initiative in the Natural Environment White Paper today (7th June). It offers a real vehicle to achieve The Moorland Association’s aim to regenerate 250,000 acres of lost heather moorland. The Natural Environment Assessment last week, […]

MOORLANDS FAILED BY FLAWED SYSTEM TO PREDICT BLAZES

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4th May 2011

The Moorland Association – managers of over a fifth of the moorlands in England and Wales – have slammed the Met Office system in place to protect some of England’s most precious landscapes from wildfires as ‘pitifully inadequate. Chairman of the Moorland Association, Edward Bromet, explained: “We have several square miles of peatland habitat ablaze […]

TWO GROUSE MOOR GAMEKEEPERS RUNNERS-UP FOR BELLAMY TROPHY

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22nd March 2011

Grouse moor gamekeepers, George Thompson from Spaunton Moor on the North Yorks Moors and Alan Edwards, from East Allenheads, Northumberland have been named as runners-up in The Bellamy Trophy, a major new countryside award for conservation and education. The landmark prize is the brainchild of Professor David Bellamy – icon of the global environmental movement […]

HEATHERY GROUSE MOORS HELP MAKE ENGLAND’S BEST WILD SITES EXTRA SPECIAL

17th March 2011

Conservation work to boost the heather-clad splendour of England’s moorland has made the biggest contribution to a massive improvement in the environmental health of the network of the country’s best wildlife sites – Sites of Special Scientific Interest – say Natural England and The Moorland Association. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are the country’s […]

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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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