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Hopes rise for hen harrier breeding

18th June 2020

Hopes of a successful breeding season rose today after moorland estates managed for red grouse across the North of England have reported an encouraging number of Hen Harrier nests on their land. These include six nests in Lancashire, four nests in Cumbria and two nests in Yorkshire. The dozen nests reported so far this year […]

Science and facts are needed in the debate to end raptor persecution

29th May 2020

Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, today urged that science and facts should dominate the debate over raptor persecution. We need greater use of official facts and science in the debate to end raptor persecution. No-one is denying there is an issue and the law should be applied rigorously where wildlife crime happens – […]

Moorland Association welcomes virtual ‘Operation Owl’ day of action

15th May 2020

Welcoming the North Yorkshire Police online day of action (15th May 2020) Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: The Moorland Association is a partner in the national Operation Owl and fully supports its virtual day of action to raise awareness of raptor persecution. Our members have been actively working with police authorities for […]

Moorland Association responds to RSPB release

15th May 2020

Responding to the RSPB press release – Bird of prey persecution crimewave during lockdown (14th May 2020) Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Any confirmed reports of raptor persecution are cause for concern. The incidents specified near Leeds and York in the RSPB release are clearly not on grouse moors, while reports we […]

New Moorland Association Chairman says science will prove moors are a force for good

13th May 2020

The newly-elected chairman of the Moorland Association, Mark Cunliffe-Lister, said today that ‘listening to the science’ will demonstrate the vital contribution moorland makes in terms of habitat and biodiversity. Mr Cunliffe-Lister, who runs Swinton Estate in Yorkshire, said there is a tremendous opportunity to build on the multiple habitat and biodiversity successes that moorland management […]

Gamekeepers on Guard!

31st March 2020

Moorland managers are ‘eyes and ears’ against wildfires Gamekeepers and moorland manages are stepping up their efforts to help prevent wildfires putting extra strain on emergency services. The unseasonably warm weather conditions are already resulting in daily wildfires, placing even greater pressure on our fire and rescue services. Belmont in Lancaster notorious for its history […]

Moorland Association welcomes the Firewise Communities initiative

12th March 2020

The Moorland Association today welcomes the development of the Firewise Communities initiative. Firewise Communities is an international programme based on research by the world’s leading fire experts on ignition of homes from wildfire. The programme encourages communities to work together to reduce the risk to homes from wildfire by taking practical steps in the area […]

Shooting and rural organisations take responsibility of move away from lead ammunition

24th February 2020

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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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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