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The Untold Story: Driven Grouse Shooting

14th August 2015

THE Angus Glens Moorland Group present their first feature film, produced by Pace Productions UK. Giving an insight into the people and communities integral to protecting the moorland we all enjoy, this is their untold story:    

Magic of Merlin

14th August 2015

Gamekeepers from the Peak District’s grouse moors and local bird groups are celebrating the fantastic breeding success of local merlins. The best ever figures – 16 nests producing 63 young – have been achieved despite difficult spring breeding conditions. It is mostly down to a unique partnership and improved moors management. The nests, including some […]

Rare short-eared owls and kestrels see record levels of breeding success in Scotland’s glen

11th August 2015

AN EXPERIENCED bird ringer  has found numbers of endangered owls on grouse moor areas in Perthshire are bucking national trends. Neil Morrison claims a partnership between conservationists and gamekeepers is making the difference. For two decades, the owl expert, licensed to ring birds by BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Scotland, has counted numbers of various bird […]

Grouse season hit by calamitous conditions

9th August 2015

SOME of the worst breeding conditions in living memory are set to hit 2015’s grouse shooting season with predictions that around 40 percent of days will be lost across the board. Prolonged extreme weather conditions have affected all our wildlife, says Robert Benson, chairman of The Moorland Association, whose members manage one million acres of […]

Leading countryside organisations say hen harriers need plan for recovery

5th August 2015

THE British Association for Shooting and Conservation, CLA, Countryside Alliance, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Moorland Association all want to see more hen harriers nesting in England and are calling for Defra to implement a plan for their recovery across England. A series of events has been planned across […]

Hen harrier breeding season set to be most successful for five years

5th August 2015

Natural England press release: FIGURES from the 2015 hen harrier breeding season show it is on track to be the most successful year since 2010. Despite poor weather throughout the breeding season, there are six successful harrier nests fledging 18 new chicks. An additional seventh nest – which was close to fledging young – unfortunately […]

Conflict in the Uplands? Collaboration and consensus more like it!

29th July 2015

AS one of the biggest celebrations of field sports in Britain gets underway attention is focussed on controversy in the uplands. Joining the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House, near Leeds, members of The Moorland Association (MA) – who are responsible for some of England’s rarest and most protected high ground – are reporting notable […]

New grouse recipes launched ahead of the Glorious 12th – Game to Eat

26th July 2015

COUNTRYSIDE Alliance’s dedicated game promotion campaign, Game-to-Eat, has launched a new grouse recipe leaflet ahead of the Glorious 12th.It features grouse recipes donated by some of the country’s top game chefs including Tom Kitchin, Mark Hix, development chef Lee Maycock and new trailblazing game outfits including Eat Wild and John Doe.Try grilled spatchcock grouse, smoked […]

Barn owl delight

24th July 2015

AN exciting return of barn owls has been heralded by Moorland Association members at Mossy Lea estate in Glossop. Gamekeeper on the moor managed for grouse shooting, John Conway, explained good land management, including tree planting and general conservation, had led to an overall increase in wildlife. He said: “It’s all great news, but the […]

RSPB new paper on heather burning

20th July 2015

A NEW paper on the extent and frequency of heather burning used as a vegetation management tool across Britain is published in Biological Conservation. It maps areas that have been burnt to regenerate vegetation for sheep and grouse between 2001 and 2011 and overlays these with areas of designation for conservation. Amanda Anderson, director […]


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 SURVIVAL RATE NEARLY DOUBLE IN RECOVERY SCHEME       Survival rates for hen harriers reared and released through an innovative scheme to help the recovery of the species are better than for wild birds, it has been reported, as the trial enters its final year. Data from satellite-tagged hen harriers given a boost in the Brood Management Scheme trial shows the […]

Management of game assurance scheme transferring from BGA to Aim to Sustain The infrastructure of the assurance scheme built by British Game Assurance (BGA) will be transferred to Aim to Sustain, it was announced today (Monday 16 October). The transfer should be completed later in the Autumn and in the meantime, the scheme remains unchanged and open to new members. Following completion, Aim to Sustain will take […]