Cause for optimism on grouse moors

Scottish estate owners are predicting that grouse moors will bounce back after a poor showing last year 

Scottish estate owners are cautiously optimistic that this year’s grouse season will show an improvement on last year’s wash-out.

Demand from domestic and international shooters is remaining strong. The view from the Scottish Game Fair showed that businesses were set to welcome a third of their visitors from overseas – including growing markets in China and India. 

Robert Rattray, head of Ossian, Galbraith’s Sporting and Leisure Division, commented: “The good news is that demand from shooters continues to be as high as ever.

“We have a full book already and still have many parties looking, including those who had their programmes cancelled last year who are doubly keen to be in Scotland this year to shoot grouse.”

Tim Baynes, moorland Director of Scottish Land & Estates, emphasised the season’s importance. “Rural jobs depend on a good season,” he said, “We know that the impact is much greater than the direct employment of keepers, land managers and seasonal workers.

“A whole range of businesses are boosted by grouse shooting. Millions of pounds are spent by visitors who come here for grouse.”

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