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Yorkshire Dales Society visits Dallowgill Moor

30th April 2012

Sixteen YDS members and friends, plus local MP Julian Smith, enjoyed a memorable visit to Dallowgill Moor, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, hosted by ex Moorland Association Chairman, Simon Bostock. Simon Bostock and his head gamekeeper Bruce Watson explained what equipment was used on the estate for fire fighting, pest, rush and bracken control, and the point […]

Moorland management helps save the Welsh Black Grouse population


28th April 2012

The Black Grouse is a striking bird on the Red List of conservation concern. In 14 years the Welsh Black Grouse population has jumped from just 126 displaying males to 328 showing a rise of 38% in each of the last two years alone. Two thirds of the population is found around Ruabon Mountain which […]

Natural England Scraps Its ‘Vital Uplands’ Document

20th April 2012

The Moorland Association is delighted that Natural England has finally seen sense and is to scrap its road map to working in the Uplands. In the process of developing its document ‘Vital Uplands’ the organisation charged with protecting and enhancing wildlife and landscape, did not consult The Moorland Association, despite its members managing over a […]

Enjoy, respect, protect the countryside with the new Countryside Code


20th April 2012

Natural England has re-launching the Countryside Code and the refreshed version gives updated advice on rights of way, controlling dogs around livestock and wildlife, and preventing fires. Natural England, the Moorland Association, the National Farmers Union and the Ramblers are all encouraging people to read the Code to help them enjoy, respect and protect the […]

Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area Wins Government Backing


26th March 2012

The Moorland Association is delighted that one of the 12 Nature Improvement Areas that has attracted funding for landscape-scale restoration is an upland area and congratulates the varied organisation that makes up the Partnership on its success. The Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area covers 25,000 hectares of the Peak District National Park, including 5,800 hectares […]


15th March 2012

Publication of the Defra report ‘Determining the Extent of Use and Humanness of Snares in England and Wales’ The Moorland Association is delighted to note that, in his statement today, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon, recognises the importance of snares for wildlife management. Snaring plays a very important part […]

Fatal fungal disease discovered in threatened moorland juniper

2nd March 2012

Moorland Association members to cease crucial Juniper planting programmes until source of disease is traced. Phytopthera austrocedrus has recently been confirmed as present in Britain. It is a fungus infection that is usually fatal to infected trees and plants and is a notifiable disease requiring biosecurity measures. It has been confirmed in juniper bushes in […]

Moorland Association Landowners Provide Access and Conservation

27th February 2012

The Scott Trial is a British motorcycle trials competition run over an off road course of approximately 84 miles and is one of the most challenging trials events in the UK appealing to clubman riders as well as international professionals. Off-roading on moorland is not permitted via Open Access or on footpaths (both of which […]

Townie-turned-Countryman Wins Leading National Rural Award

L-R George Winn Darley (MA Vice Chair and employer), George Thompson, David Bellamy And Brian Hayes (NGO ET)

22nd February 2012

A grouse moor gamekeeper, who was born a townie, has won a prestigious national rural award – the Bellamy Trophy – for his work promoting countryside conservation and education. The prize is awarded annually by leading environmentalist Professor David Bellamy and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Educational Trust. The 2011 winner George Thompson, who is head […]


13th February 2012

From the start of 2012, the National Trust will be working with its farming and other game managing tenants as well as a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and users of the area, to produce a ‘Master Plan’ which will create a vision and guide the management of the High Peak Moors in […]


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 […]