The 2013 grouse shooting season has been estimated to be worth £38 million to the Scottish economy, according to sporting agency Sporting Lets. After the grouse population suffered in the washout summer of 2012, the hot summer and mild autumn of 2013 has seen stocks recover, and shooting go ahead on many Scottish estates.
Robert Rattray of CKD Galbraith, the consultancy that runs Sporting Lets, told the Herald Scotland: “This season has been quite a contrast to 2012. A cold and prolonged winter set the scene for a late spring followed by one of the warmest and driest summers for a number of years.
“As a result, some grouse were well-grown, offering fabulous shooting right from the start of the season while some chicks were literally days old and provided a developing stock which enabled good shooting into late October and early November.”