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Grouse moor burning season opens despite growing controversy

Today the burning of Britain’s carbon-rich peat moors by grouse shooting estates begins amid mounting controversy surrounding the contribution the practice makes to climate change. Wild Moors is warning that a complete ban on burning on peatlands, a ritual performed to provide younger, more nutritious heather to be eaten by grouse […]

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United Utilities looks to the future with plans for nature-friendly moorland management

England’s largest corporate landowner is considering new ways of managing its land to better benefit nature. United Utilities, which owns nine moors across the uplands of Derbyshire and Lancashire, is looking to place greater emphasis on restoring land for nature, clean water and people as part of its long-term strategy to […]

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Scotland moves forward with grouse moor licensing

Scotland is moving forward with pioneering plans to license grouse moors to fight climate change and better protect wildlife. Wild Moors has long supported the licensing of grouse moors to provide an effective legal instrument for addressing intensive management of the uplands which is performed to the detriment of wildlife, ecology […]

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National Trust to consider future of grouse shooting on Peak District moors

The National Trust is set to consider the future of grouse shooting on its moors in the Peak District National Park. It was announced in a statement to Wild Moors that land management will be scrutinised in preparation for the next stage of its High Peak Moors Vision in 2023. This […]

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Rewet peat bogs to prevent moorland fires, says Natural England

Natural England is encouraging moorland owners to restore vast areas of damaged peatlands to help fight wildfires. The nature protection agency’s plea follows publication of a key report detailing how wet bogs helped to stop the spread of a major wildfire in 2018 on the moors above Saddleworth, on the northern […]