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STATEMENT ON RECENT BIRD OF PREY INCIDENT

11th July 2019

The Moorland Association today issued an appeal for information concerning a recent incident involving a bird of prey on the Swinton Estate in Yorkshire. The estate was informed on April 5 of a dead Hen Harrier on the estate which was removed for a post-mortem. The bird had been dead for some time and had […]

Leading organisations respond to new general licences

13th June 2019

Genuine progress has been made and three new general licences released by Defra today are fit for purpose in most circumstances.  However significant work still remains regarding protected sites, the leading countryside organisations have said. Representing a range of rural stakeholders, the chief executives of BASC and the Countryside Alliance met environment secretary Michael Gove […]

Moorland Association welcomes encouraging step in hen harrier scheme

6th June 2019

The Moorland Association welcomes the announcement today by Natural England that the strict conditions attached to the licence permitting a trial of brood management for hen harriers have been met. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “There is a genuine will among land managers and landowners to ensure the success of the brood […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION DISMAYED BY NATURAL ENGLAND BAN ON GENERAL LICENCES

23rd April 2019

The Moorland Association issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by Natural England that it is revoking three general licences for controlling certain predatory birds as of Thursday 25th April 2019. General licences permit land managers to control common birds in order to conserve a range of threatened ground nesting bird populations. […]

Moorland Association welcomes High Court decision

15th March 2019

The High Court in London today issued the result of a judicial review into Natural England’s decision to grant a licence to allow brood management of hen harriers. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association: “We are delighted that the judge has upheld the decision by Natural England to licence the testing of brood management […]

Moorland Association welcomes Defra recognition of grouse shooting’s vital role in conservation of rural areas

18th February 2019

The Moorland Association today welcomed the Government’s support for the important role shooting plays in the conservation of ecologically important habitats. The Government statement was in response to a private petition calling for an independent economic study into the economic benefits of driven grouse shooting. The petition and Defra’s response can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/226109 Amanda […]

NORTH YORKSHIRE ESTATES WITNESS RECORD GROUSE SEASON

14th February 2019

Over 6,000 days of seasonal employment provided in North Yorkshire Estates within the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) are reflecting on the latest grouse season with many hailing it as one that bucked the national trend and local businesses claiming it one of the best on record. The iconic wild red grouse is a […]

GROUSE ESTATES SUPPORT THE TWEED INDUSTRY TO THE TUNE OF OVER A MILLION POUNDS

6th February 2019

The enduring tradition of sporting estates throughout the country having their very own bespoke tweeds continues to support the economy even when there is a poor season upon us. Whilst tartans are associated with Scottish families and clans, tweeds evolved as liveries to identify the people who worked and lived on the same estate. Today, […]

Moorland Association Response To Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative Report

19th December 2018

Following the publication of the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative report on birds of prey in the National Park, Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: “2018 has seen the return of the hen harrier for the first time in four years and the re-colonisation of historic Merlin and Peregrine breeding sites for the […]

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Did You Know?

75% of of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain – 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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Goshawk success and reduction in wildlife crime frames 2019 bird of prey picture in the Peak District The Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative has published its 2019 breeding season report. The report brings together data on key birds of prey or ‘raptors’ nesting within the Dark Peak – a largely upland region of the Peak District National Park. Results from the 2019 season include the fledging of goshawks from all eight […]

Shooting and rural organisations take responsibility of move away from lead ammunition Leading shooting and rural organisations have today announced they want an end to the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting within five years. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), British Game Alliance (BGA), Countryside Alliance (CA), Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), The National Gamekeepers’ […]

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