The Battle for the Uplands against Authoritarian Conservation
With Britain’s islands holding more than three-quarters of the Earth’s stock of heather moorland, it is an extraordinary fact that it stands as one of the world’s rarest habitats.
A landscape beloved by millions, it’s renowned for the tranquillity and solace it provides – however, this tranquillity is an illusion. Britain’s moorlands have, in less than a decade, moved from a position of benign consensus to the epicentre of the bitterest conflict within UK conservation.
This insightful book sets out to examine and expose the hidden issues surrounding UK moorland conservation, giving a voice to the many people who work and live there and who feel that what they have to say is often ignored, if it’s even heard at all.
The fate of our uplands is in our hands, and it is important that an alternative narrative, from the perspective of the practitioners who have cared for these places for generations, are considered.
It may be that those with power chose to ignore these facts and sweep them away, but at least now they cannot say they didn’t know.
Features a foreword from RT Hon Owen Paterson, MP.
Reviews for Moorland Matters
One of the most important books to be published on the heated subject of moorland management. This is a powerful book that every MP should read.
Brian Hayes, NGO
They’re a unique and wonderfully wild part of Britain’s landscape. In this cri de coeur, one conservationist blasts back.
It is without hesitation I recommend this book… it is a volume long overdue and proves to be a wonderful tool in aiding knowledge growth to anyone with even a passing interest in country sports, the environment and ecology. Ecology affects us all, and books such as this should be treasured, for the learning opportunities they provide us with on our wondrous heather moorland.
Ben Skipper, Baily's Hunting Directory
This is a masterful book and it’s written in such a refreshing way. It offers such pragmatic solutions that the reasonable majority of which Coghill often writes cannot fail to appreciate the nonsense of the position taken by so many bodies and institutions in the current, toxic eco climate.
Dominic Wightman, Country Squire magazine