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PEAK DISTRICT BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT

21st March 2022

Moorland bird populations in the Peak District are rising and in many cases show a more positive outlook than in other parts of the UK, according to new research. Conservation partners have analysed data from the past 16 years and found significant increases in some species. Moorland waders (Lapwing, Golden Plover, Curlew, and Snipe) are […]

NORTHERN ENGLAND A STRONGHOLD FOR BLACK GROUSE DESPITE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF POOR BREEDING

18th March 2022

Video courtesy of Emily Graham Media. The Moorland Association welcomes new research from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust showing that the population of rare Black Grouse remains stable on moorland in the north of England, despite successive years of poor breeding. Research shows that 96 per cent of all Black Grouse in England live […]

Aim to Sustain hails Wild Justice defeat as “vindication of upland managers”

18th January 2022

AIM TO SUSTAIN partner organisations have said another legal defeat for Wild Justice is vindication of those who manage Britain’s uplands. Wild Justice again attempted to launch an appeal after the High Court last month refused their application for a judicial review of the Heather Burning Regulations for a second time. But the Rt Hon Lord Justice […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES PRISON SENTENCE FOR MOORLAND FIRE

18th January 2022

The Moorland Association welcomes the news that an individual has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for causing a fire which destroyed  285 hectares (two square miles) of Marsden Moor last April. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: “It is well known that moorland is highly susceptible to wildfire in the spring […]

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLED BURNING

6th January 2022

Prescribed burns lock greenhouse gases in the soil Research by the University of Cambridge published in the journal Nature Geoscience confirms that controlled burning can increase carbon storage in the soil. The study found that controlled burns cause changes in soil composition which not only offset immediate losses but can actually lock in or increase […]

BEAUTIFUL CUCKOO PICTURE WINS MOORLAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

22nd December 2021

  This captivating image of a Cuckoo taken in the Northern Pennines has won a wildlife photography competition. Entries to the competition came from all over the north of England and show the variety of native wildlife thriving in upland areas. The rare bird was spotted by keen photographer Ryan Williams from Manchester, who had […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES PROPOSED BAN ON DISPOSABLE BARBECUES ON MOORLAND

7th December 2021

The Moorland Association welcomes the Disposable Barbecues Bill, proposed by High Peak MP Robert Largan. The Disposable Barbecues Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament. If approved, the legislation would provide local authorities with the power to ban the sale of disposable barbecues and would also prohibit their use on open moorlands, which are […]

WILD JUSTICE LOSE IN COURT AGAIN AS MOORLAND BURNING VINDICATED

2nd December 2021

Leading rural organisations have welcomed a decision today to refuse Wild Justice permission for a judicial review on ‘burning’ in England for a second time. Mrs Justice Lang found all four of their grounds challenging the lawfulness of the burning regulations were unarguable. The regulations introduced by Defra this year restricted the burning of vegetation […]

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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 RESPONSE TO RSPB 2021 BIRD CRIME REPORT Following publication of the RSPB bird crime report today, the Moorland Association has issued the following statement: We unreservedly condemn any form of wildlife crime. We have a zero-tolerance policy of raptor persecution.  Government, land owners, charities and game shooting organisations are all committed to stamping out illegal raptor killing and work together positively to […]

LYME DISEASE WARNING AS HUGE NUMBER OF TICKS REPORTED IN THE PEAK DISTRICT Peak District land managers are warning of the dangers of disease carried by ticks after  a surge in the number reported this autumn. Ticks are small blood-sucking arachnids which live in areas of grassland, moorland, forest and even in parks and gardens. They feed on livestock, deer, birds, mice, horses, pets and humans. Ticks carry […]

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