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Next generation gamekeepers trailblaze new approach to Peatland improvement

19th March 2018

Next generation gamekeepers have put the recently launched national peatland restoration toolkit through its paces. Students at Newton Rigg College, Penrith are at the cutting edge of best moorland practice rehearsed on the College’s 5,000 acres of moorland at Shap, Cumbria. The live outdoor classroom gives students a true sense of the reality of gamekeeping […]

Moorland Association welcomes Defra response to grouse shooting licensing petition

9th March 2018

Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association: “The Moorland Association is pleased that the Government has no plans to license grouse moors nor to introduce vicarious liability in England for offences related to wildlife crime.” “We agree with the Government that licensing is not the right way forward. We believe that the imposition of a […]

Moorland Association welcomes launch of Defra consultation on the future of UK agricultural policy post Brexit

28th February 2018

Farmers, landowners and food producers have been awarded a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape the future of English farming and the environment, with a consultation launched yesterday by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Defra’s consultation – Health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit – gives an indication of […]

LOCAL PEAK DISTRICT ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

The local Peak District community is reflecting on what was a successful grouse shooting season (which officially ended Dec 10th), with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme, due to favourable weather conditions, and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is vitally important to remote […]

YORKSHIRE DALES ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local Yorkshire Dales community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]

LOCAL NORTH YORKSHIRE ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM GROUSE SHOOTING SEASON

18th January 2018

With the latest grouse shooting season now officially complete (December 10th), the local North Yorkshire community is reflecting on what was a successful year with most estates having witnessed a full shooting programme due to favourable weather conditions and shoot days being let right the way through the season. Managing moorland for grouse shooting is […]

Moorland Association response to Ilkley Moor decision

17th January 2018

Following the vote of Bradford Council’s Labour Group not to renew the grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “We are extremely disappointed that Bradford Council’s Labour Group has decided against renewing the shooting lease for Ilkley Moor. “While the final […]

Moorland Association welcomes green light for pioneering Hen Harrier Scheme

17th January 2018

The Moorland Association welcomes the decision by Natural England, which has issued a licence to test if brood management will help improve the Hen Harrier population and range in upland northern England. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: “This decision is an important step forward in the effort to improve Hen Harrier conservation.” […]

Moorland Association statement on Government response to grouse shooting petition

12th January 2018

Following the publication of the UK Government’s response to a petition calling for the continuation of driven grouse shooting, the Moorland Association has issued this statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “This latest petition, which urges the UK government to reject calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting, recognise the important […]

Moorland Association welcomes National Trust support for grouse shooting.

12th January 2018

“The Moorland Association  welcomed the announcement by the National Trust that it is working with three new grouse shooting tenants as partners on its High Peak Moors in Derbyshire. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The National Trust’s decision to let three areas of land to new shooting tenants demonstrates its confidence and […]

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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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Landmark survey reveals moorland birds are thriving A new survey of breeding birds in the Peak District National Park has shown a positive trend in numbers of endangered species. Populations of 16 bird species in the Peak District are up, in contrast to national trends from the UK Government’s State of Nature 2019 report. Out of the 29 species sighted, the numbers […]

Moorland Association respond to RSPB game bird shooting review announcement The Moorland Association, which represents moorland owners and managers in England, today urged the RSPB to be ‘fair and factual’ in the review of game shooting it plans to conduct. Responding to the announcement of the review at the RSPB AGM,  Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said:  “There are hundreds of people within […]

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