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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’ […]

Moorland Association responds to new gull licences

30th January 2020

The Moorland Association responds to the announcement by Natural England of new arrangements for licensing the control of Herring Gulls (HG) and Lesser-Black-Backed Gulls (LBBG). Two species removed from the 2019 General Licences. These arrangements include the introduction of a maximum threshold for the total number of these gulls that they will allow to be […]

Rural group issues raptor persecution ‘zero tolerance’ declaration

29th January 2020

A GROUP of leading rural organisations has issued a new joint declaration as a clear signal of their intent to see the end of raptor persecution. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance (CA), Moorland Association (MA), National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have outlined a […]

Moorland Association response to Committee for Climate Change report

23rd January 2020

The Moorland Association said today that moorland managers are wholly committed to combating climate change and the government should not rush into an outright ban on controlled heather burning over peatland. Following the publication today of the report, Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK by the Committee for Climate Change, Amanda Anderson, Director […]

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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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Aim to Sustain hails Wild Justice defeat as “vindication of upland managers” AIM TO SUSTAIN partner organisations have said another legal defeat for Wild Justice is vindication of those who manage Britain’s uplands. Wild Justice again attempted to launch an appeal after the High Court last month refused their application for a judicial review of the Heather Burning Regulations for a second time. But the Rt Hon Lord Justice […]

NEW RESEARCH CONFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF CONTROLLED BURNING Prescribed burns lock greenhouse gases in the soil Research by the University of Cambridge published in the journal Nature Geoscience confirms that controlled burning can increase carbon storage in the soil. The study found that controlled burns cause changes in soil composition which not only offset immediate losses but can actually lock in or increase […]

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