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Extinction looms for Peak District’s iconic mountain hares

New research by Manchester Metropolitan University and Queen’s University Belfast published in the journal Ecology and Evolution has warned that just 3,500 mountain hares remain in England. The study found that the iconic species which is only found in the Peak District is holding out in areas of moorlands where their […]

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Burning issue: councils unite to save England’s peatlands

Thirteen local authorities and their leaders have teamed up with conservation organisation Wild Moors to encourage the government to take urgent action to protect fragile moorland habitats.It comes ahead of a review by the Environment Minister Rebecca Pow in the spring which will consider whether to extend existing legislation to implement […]

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Big news! Aviva will restore grouse moor back to nature

Aviva has unveiled that it has landed the purchase of a large grouse moor to restore it for nature, climate and people. The insurance powerhouse teamed up with Par Equity to acquire 6,300 hectares of heavily-degraded moorland in the Glen Dye area of Aberdeenshire, for restoration, as part of its commitment […]

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Defra minister confirms review of peatland burning

Defra under secretary Rebecca Pow has confirmed that the government will review the burning of England’s carbon-rich peatlands for grouse shooting next spring, indicating that the government may be open to tightening the rules.Pow’s comments came in response to a written question in the House of Commons, in which the Labour […]

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Nature restoration gets underway on BrewDog’s rewilding moor

BrewDog has announced that an adventurous programme of peatland restoration is underway at its flagship moorland restoration initiative. The progress follows the brewery and pub chain unveiling just 10 months ago that it had purchased a former grouse moor, the Kinrara Estate, for rewilding as part of efforts to offset its […]