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Whilst it was disappointing to read in the press today (15 February 2018) the recent SNH report indicating a decline in some of Scotland’s upland birds, research has shown conclusively that on managed grouse moors the breeding success of some species of moorland birds is significantly improved where predator control is carried out by gamekeepers.
The popularity of grouse as a delicious and healthy food has shown an unprecedented rise as consumers are choosing to eat the finest Scottish foods ‘from hill to plate’.
Two vital services in Tayside and Perthshire have been boosted by Angus gamekeepers who have raised nearly £4000 to help provide support to children and families.
Scottish estates are at the forefront of opening up country sports to a wider audience of enthusiasts and with this comes a new generation of beaters.
The grouse season ended on 10 December and was noted for the significant rise in demand for grouse from consumers, as a delicious alternative to chicken or lamb. Game dealers and butchers noted the burgeoning markets both from local customers and internationally in mainland Europe and Scandinavia via mail-order.
Once thought of as food only for the privileged few, grouse has grown in popularity on the back of Scotland’s top chefs championing the use of it on menus throughout the season.
Scottish honey producers are working in partnership with grouse estates to enable bees to feed on the prolific flowering plants on moorland in several parts of the country.
Bespoke tailoring is normally the preserve of Savile Row but now shooting estates are at the forefront of showcasing the best of Scotland’s world class tweed industry.
Gamekeepers and grouse moor managers are supporting a petition to the Scottish Parliament urging a change in health policy to help fight tick-borne infections and limit the spread of Lyme disease.
The Glorious 12th signalled the start of the grouse shooting season today and the Highlands echoed to the sound of the first shots being fired this morning.