Grouse Shooting 101

The start of the grouse shooting season is almost upon us with the season starting on the 12th August, or the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ as it’s commonly known. Although this year the season officially opens on Monday 13th as it’s illegal to shoot game on a Sunday.

Lots of grouse days have been cancelled this year because of the harsh winter and warm summer which affects stocks.

Grouse are seen as the king of game species and in this video Victoria dives into why that is with a few key points and facts.

In this video Victoria covers:

  • A look at the conservation aspects of managed grouse moors and how the UK is home to 75% of the worlds heather moorland.
  • In 2014 grouse shooting was worth ¬£100million to the UK economy and has a whole host of conservation benefits
  • Victoria touches on how much grouse shooting costs and why.
  • Grouse are wild and ground-nesting birds who have their habitat managed by Keepers, who ensure the conditions are just right for them to thrive.
  • How grouse like the young green shoots of heather and take cover in the older woodier parts and how the heather is managed by burning.
  • A Natural England study showed that moorland management is beneficial to other species including curlew, lapwing and golden plover.
  • Grouse stocks can be affected by bad weather and disease, which has a knock on effect to the local community.
  • Where grouse moors thrive, so do local communities.
  • How managed moors provide up to 70% of our drinking water
  • Grouse fly phenomenally fast and the shooters stand in stone grouse butts for driven and lots of birds are shot behind, so immense levels or care are required for when turning around with your gun.
  • Walked up grouse is much cheaper but very taxing walking through heather with your gun.
  • If you’d like to find out more visit the National Gamekeepers Organisation, The Moorland Association and the GWCT.
  • Grouse is delicious and nutritious. If you’re looking for recipe¬†inspiration – visit Game To Eat.

Want to find out more about how a game shoot works from behind the scenes? Check out our ‘Roles of Shoot Staff on a Game Day‘ video


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