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Moorland Association response to Landscapes Review

25th September 2019

The Moorland Association has stated its support for many of the key recommendations made in the final report of the independent review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association, said: “The Landscapes Review was an important piece of work and affirms the importance of ensuring […]

Grouse moors respond to RSPB birdcrime report

29th August 2019

The Moorland Association, which represents grouse moor owners and managers in England, said today that grouse moors are a proven friend of the environment and not an enemy. Following the publication of the 2018 Birdcrime Report by RSPB, Amanda Anderson, director of the Moorland Association, said: ” One incident of wildlife crime anywhere is too […]

STATEMENT ON ILKLEY MOOR ARSONIST SENTENCE

22nd August 2019

The Moorland Association responds to the sentencing of Mohammed Zulkifl at Bradford Crown Court today. Zulkifl pleaded guilty to committing arson on Ilkley Moor in April and was sentenced to a young offender’s institution for 27 months. Passing the sentence Judge Durham Hall remarked: “This case is a matter that has come to considerable public […]

Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier fly high over grouse moors

18th August 2019

The arrival of the grouse shooting season has been enhanced by an upsurge of breeding success stories including Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Hen Harrier. Reported sightings from 14 grouse moors by gamekeepers on the North York Moors revealed 25 pairs of Merlin displaying breeding behaviour. At least 56 young Merlin were observed on the wing […]

‘FLAGSHIP GROUSE MOOR RESEARCH’ DRIVING POLICY CHANGE CHALLENGED

13th August 2019

The Moorland Association today called for the government to ‘hit the pause button’ on making decisions over the impact of heather burning on grouse moorland following the publication of a new scientific report, which has found previous research to be ‘flawed’ and ‘unreliable.’ Scientists from Lancaster and York Universities have published a critical analysis of […]

Moor owners hail breeding success a ‘turning point’ as they support Hen Harrier Day

11th August 2019

Grouse moor owners today voiced their support of Hen Harrier Day and predicted that breeding success of the species in England this year had marked a ‘turning point’ in efforts to rebuild the population. Following the announcement by Natural England earlier today that hen harriers have enjoyed a record year for breeding success in England, Amanda […]

READY FOR LIFT OFF! HEN HARRIER CHICKS TAKE FLIGHT FROM YORKSHIRE GROUSE MOORS

14th July 2019

Hen Harrier chicks bred on grouse moors in the North of England are ready and raring to go. A satellite- tagged Hen Harrier chick on land managed for grouse shooting in the Yorkshire Dales National Park   The eight chicks were born and fledged on two grouse moors within Yorkshire, including three chicks raised in […]

STATEMENT ON RECENT BIRD OF PREY INCIDENT

11th July 2019

The Moorland Association today issued an appeal for information concerning a recent incident involving a bird of prey on the Swinton Estate in Yorkshire. The estate was informed on April 5 of a dead Hen Harrier on the estate which was removed for a post-mortem. The bird had been dead for some time and had […]

Leading organisations respond to new general licences

13th June 2019

Genuine progress has been made and three new general licences released by Defra today are fit for purpose in most circumstances.  However significant work still remains regarding protected sites, the leading countryside organisations have said. Representing a range of rural stakeholders, the chief executives of BASC and the Countryside Alliance met environment secretary Michael Gove […]

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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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