Welcome to The Gift of Grouse 

The red grouse – Lagopus lagopus - is the truly unique native bird of Scotland. 

It is at the heart of the magnificent landscape that forms such a large part of Scotland’s stunningly beautiful scenery.

The splendour of Scotland’s renowned purple heather is the home of the red grouse – and this is where it gives in so many different ways.

Tourism, employment, conservation and the creation of a gateway to the countryside all directly benefit from the grouse.

Scotland is a world class destination for country sports such as grouse shooting which are now more accessible to people from all walks of life and are being enjoyed by young and old.

They appreciate and are passionate about the The Gift of Grouse.

Community Moorland Groups

People are at the heart of Gift of Grouse.

The campaign aims to tell the story of the grouse shooting and grouse keeping industry, through the people who are involved with it every day of their lives – gamekeepers, their families and local businesses such as garages, butchers, restaurants and hotels who work closely with estates across rural Scotland.

Local moorland groups are well on their way to being established in key grouse shooting areas in Scotland – organised, managed and driven by local people and are wholeheartedly promoting the positive benefits of moorland management and conservation.

Outstanding examples of this commitment is the work done to date by the Angus Glens Moorland Group, Grampian Moorland Group, Lammermuirs Moorland Group and the Tayside & Central Moorland Group. Please click on the links below to read more about each group:

Angus Glens Moorland Group Grampian Moorland Group
Lammermuirs Moorland Group Tayside and Central Moorland Group
Lammermuirs Moorland Group
Angus Glens Moorland Group
Tayside and Central Moorland Group


The Gift of Grouse

The Gift of Grouse

Grouse Counting

Grouse Counting

A guide to shooting

A Guide to Shooting

A guide to shooting

Nick Nairn launches the Glorious Twelfth 2016


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Wednesday July 19, 2017

On July 16, The Scottish Mail on Sunday examined the review announced by the Scottish Government that is to look at grouse moor management. That review will also look at proposals for a licensing scheme for grouse estates. As part of their coverage, the paper carried an excellent opinion column from the Speyside Moorland Group. That column …



Friday June 30, 2017

Some of Scotland’s leading chefs have agreed to provide The Gift of Grouse with appetising recipes to make the most of the grouse season come the Glorious 12th. First on the list is Martin Wishart who has created Roast Grouse with Braised Cabbage, Celeriac Puree and Sauce Albert. Martin Wishart likes to feature grouse at all …



Tuesday June 20, 2017

An increasing number of Scottish grouse moors are becoming involved in the “Heads Up For Harriers” project run by PAWScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  The following article, written for Shooting Times magazine by Tim Baynes of the Scottish Moorland Group, examines what the cameras installed on nests over the last two years have discovered. Have you …