As the grouse shooting season draws to a close, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Moorland Association have highlighted the key facts about the value of grouse shooting and the benefit it brings for the economy and the environment.
This information has been sent to all MPs:
- Heather moorland is rarer than rainforest and 75 per cent 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.
- Grouse shooting in England, Wales and Scotland supports the equivalent of more than 2,500 jobs.
- Conservation for grouse shooting is landscape-scale management.
- 79 per cent of upland EU Special Protection Areas are managed as grouse moors and up to five times more threatened wading birds are supported on moors managed by gamekeepers.
And for those who prefer their facts in pictures, the buzzword is 'infographic'.