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MOORS HIT TARGETS FOR CARBON CAPTURE

15th March 2021

The equivalent of more than 33,000 cars’ worth of carbon emissions is being removed from the atmosphere each year due to the pioneering environmental work of grouse moor estates in the north of England, a new survey has revealed. A survey of Moorland Association members has revealed the extent of conservation work undertaken in the […]

MOOR OWNERS’ REACTION TO GOVERNMENT MOVE ON HEATHER BURNING

29th January 2021

The Moorland Association, whose members care for more than one million acres of moorland, issued the following statement in response to the Government’s announcement on new legislation regarding heather burning on blanket bog. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “Heather burning is a vital tool for moor owners and managers who are heavily […]

RARE HEN HARRIER NOW REPORTED ON HALF OF GROUSE MOORS

25th January 2021

Hen harriers are being recorded on at least half of grouse moors in England, a new survey has revealed. The hen harrier is one of the most at-risk birds of prey in the UK and a government-led action plan is in operation to help boost the population. A survey conducted by the Moorland Association, which […]

OWL PHOTO WINS MOORLAND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

6th January 2021

This stunning image of a rare short-eared owl taken on moorland above Scar House reservoir in Upper Nidderdale 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 beautiful owl with its golden eyes and […]

Peatland restoration project leads fight against climate change

19th December 2020

A four-year peatland restoration project in the North Pennines is delivering 3,343 acres of peatland restoration in a venture that will strengthen the region’s ability to fight climate change. Pennine PeatLIFE, funded by the EU LIFE programme with match funding from Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency, is led by the […]

MOORLAND ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON RSPB STANCE ON GAMEBIRD SHOOTING

10th October 2020

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

9th October 2020

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 […]

English grouse moor owners welcome first golden eagle from Scotland

5th October 2020

Grouse moor owners in the north of England have welcomed a special ‘lock down’ visitor – a golden eagle named Beaky that travelled from the south of Scotland. There have not been any breeding pairs in the wild in England for some years. The enormous bird, which can have a wing span of seven and […]

Moorland Association statement on Birdcrime report and heather burning

1st October 2020

Following publication of two reports from RSPB today (Oct 1), the Moorland Association, which represents moor owners and operators in England, issued the following statement. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The figures in relation to bird crime are a decrease on the figures issued last by the RSPB last year, when it […]

Grouse moor owners welcome breeding successes for Peak District raptors

17th September 2020

Grouse moor owners today described a new report highlighting breeding success of raptors on moorland in the Peak District as ‘hugely encouraging’. In its 2020 Interim Report, the Peak District Bird of Prey Initiative (BOPI) announced encouraging breeding successes for several raptor species in the moorland areas of the Peak District, thanks to collaboration between […]

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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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HEN HARRIER NESTCAM ON SWINTON ESTATE │ COMPILATION This Spring, five Hen Harrier chicks fledged successfully from a nest on Swinton Estate in Yorkshire. The estate is a partner in the government’s Hen Harrier action plan. For the first time in the UK, a nestcam provided live streaming footage from the Hen Harrier nest – click below to watch a compilation of clips […]

TRIO OF CONSERVATION AWARDS FOR MOORLAND ASSOCIATION ESTATES Three Moorland Association estates – Swinton, Egton and Coverhead – have won prestigious ‘Life on Land’ awards for their conservation work benefiting rare birds. The ‘Life on Land’ awards from RedList Revival are presented to landholdings exceeding the top 1 per cent in the UK for abundance of a key species.  Swinton achieved this for […]

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