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New research tells Government what farmers want from new peatland strategy

24th August 2020

As Defra prepares to announce England’s largest ever peatland restoration scheme as part of its Nature for Climate Fund, new research commissioned by Natural England from Newcastle University suggests the planned grant scheme needs to ensure  that farmers and land managers have the right level of funding and greater control than previous schemes in order […]

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust calls for change to gull licensing system

20th August 2020

During April and May, 183 gamekeepers, shepherds and shoot managers reported witnessing incidents of gull predation on nests and chicks of three wader species, two of which (lapwing and curlew) are ‘red-listed’ as species of the highest conservation concern. In part, it is the abundance of these precious birds that has led to areas of […]

RURAL COMMUNITIES EMBRACE START OF SOCIALLY DISTANCED SHOOTING SEASON

12th August 2020

The traditional grouse shooting season got underway today despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A widespread safety initiative, including the use of personal protection equipment, social distancing measures and food hygiene measures, has been implemented to ensure adherence to government COVID-19 guidelines. Plans have been put in place to ensure that restaurants will […]

RURAL COMMUNITIES HOPE TO MAKE MOST OF PANDEMIC-HIT SHOOTING SEASON

11th August 2020

On the eve of the traditional grouse shooting season, rural communities have been gearing up to make the best of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans have been put in place to ensure that restaurants receive the first grouse from the moors tomorrow. A widespread safety initiative, including the use of personal protection […]

Grouse shooting essential for the survival of Moorland Communities, new study finds

10th August 2020

University of Northampton researchers conduct wide-ranging survey into economic and social effects of the sport on moorland communities Professor Simon Denny and Tracey Latham-Green of the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact at the University of Northampton have conducted a new study into the economic and social effects of integrated moorland management – including grouse […]

RURAL COMMUNITIES GEAR UP FOR ‘STAY SAFE’ SHOOTING SEASON

7th August 2020

Rural communities and businesses are stepping up their efforts to ensure extra safety measures are in place to enable the traditional rural shooting season to go ahead, starting with grouse on August 12th. The provision of shooting makes a £2billion contribution to the UK economy and supports thousands of jobs in fragile employment areas. Up […]

COVID safe principles for game shoots in England

5th August 2020

Date: 31 July 2020 Introduction This document outlines the principles for Covid safe operation of game shoots in England through reference to relevant Government guidance and regulation. It has been produced to assist those managing game shoots to think about and manage the risk posed by COVID-19. It is not exhaustive, and each shoot will […]

Local peatland restoration project aids fight against climate change

5th August 2020

A £1.5m restoration project in Yorkshire has provided valuable protection for the local peatland and its ability to combat climate change. The development spans 1,414 hectares, equivalent to 1,724 football pitches. The project in Middlesmoor, Upper Nidderdale was undertaken in collaboration between the landowners and Yorkshire Peat Partnership, an organisation founded under Yorkshire Wildlife Trust […]

Moorland Association vice-chairman on BBC Radio 4 Today

4th July 2020

The curlew is one of the UK’s most endangered bird species. Yet it is thriving on grouse moors thanks to skilled land management. Tom Orde-Powlett, Moorland Association vice-chairman and land manager at Bolton Castle estate explains on Radio 4’s Today programme why the curlew is doing so well on heather moorland.

Key scientific reports shine new light on value of heather burning

2nd July 2020

A dossier of new evidence on peatland protection has highlighted a raft of scientific findings that could help shape future conservation of some of the UK’s most iconic landscapes. New research on key issues including carbon storage, water quality, biodiversity and wildfire reveals that conclusions drawn from previous science are now out of date and […]

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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 RESPONSE TO RSPB 2021 BIRD CRIME REPORT Following publication of the RSPB bird crime report today, the Moorland Association has issued the following statement: We unreservedly condemn any form of wildlife crime. We have a zero-tolerance policy of raptor persecution.  Government, land owners, charities and game shooting organisations are all committed to stamping out illegal raptor killing and work together positively to […]

LYME DISEASE WARNING AS HUGE NUMBER OF TICKS REPORTED IN THE PEAK DISTRICT Peak District land managers are warning of the dangers of disease carried by ticks after  a surge in the number reported this autumn. Ticks are small blood-sucking arachnids which live in areas of grassland, moorland, forest and even in parks and gardens. They feed on livestock, deer, birds, mice, horses, pets and humans. Ticks carry […]

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