Grouse shooting season underway

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This year’s grouse shooting season gets underway today with expectations of a bumper.

The ‘glorious twelfth’ will herald the start of the shoot on moors across Scotland in an event that is worth millions to the Scottish economy.

Sporting agency CKD Galbraith said take-up for grouse shooting this season had been “particularly strong” despite the poor weather hitting bird numbers.

Robert Rattray, partner at the agency, said: “We expect an influx of visitors to Scotland with teams of grouse shooters looking to spend on average £10,000 to £15,000 for a day’s driven grouse shooting.

“Grouse shooting is a vital part of our fragile rural economy, both in terms of managing our vulnerable heather moorland and in providing a world class venue for sportsmen. It also provides a valuable economic benefit with the grouse industry as a whole in Scotland valued at £30m and supporting some 950 full time jobs.”