Grouse shooting: the facts

Scottish Sporting Gazette

The value of grouse shooting and the benefit it brings to the economy and environment.

* Heather moorland is rarer than rainforest and 75% of it is found in Britain because of grouse moor management.

* Grouse shooting in England, Wales and Scotland supports conservation work and is worth an estimated 100 million a year.

* It also supports the equivalent of more than 2,500 full-time jobs.

* At least 40,000 people take part in grouse shooting annually.

* Conservation for grouse shooting is landscape-scale management.

* 79% of upland EU Special Protection Areas are managed as grouse moors.

* Up to five times more threatened wading birds are supported on moors managed by gamekeepers.

* Managing heather helps preserve and protect peat, the UK's biggest carbon store.

From: BASC

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