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Strong grouse season predicted on Glorious Twelfth

Grouse Season Shooting Scotland | Glorious Twelfth Lapwig Curlew Estates | Fur Feather Fin Country Lifestyle GiftsThis year’s grouse shooting season looks set to be a memorable one if the nation’s best gamekeepers are proved to be correct. With the Glorious Twelfth celebrated today, gamekeepers say prospects for the season look good thanks to the mild winter and warm spring we’ve experienced this year. While those conditions are believed to have boosted grouse numbers the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) says prospects are also good for the threatened curlew and lapwig species.

Excellent heather management and predator control by gamekeepers has helped produce a surplus of grouse for sport, which has also benefitted the threatened curlews and lapwigs. “The prospects for the grouse season look good,” SGA chairman Alex Hogg has reported. “The weather has been right for the birds, and they’ve feathered up well, while there’s also been enough water and a healthy insect hatch.” Mr Hogg said that it should secure a good season for sporting visitors to the Highlands, which will, in turn, help Scotland’s small rural communities, its tourism businesses, shops and retailers. The season is expected to net Scotland’s economy around £32m. While the economic benefits of a good season are welcome, Mr Hogg said he was more pleased to see Scotland’s native birds thriving. He said: “The most pleasing thing for us, is the fate of our fragile species." Mr Hogg added how conservation work by gamekeepers has seen a full head count take place of all the country’s curlews and lapwigs — work paid for by grouse. “Since sustainable grouse shooting helps estates to pay keepers for such vital conservation work without public money,” Mr Hogg argued, “the season helps to prevent afforestation of vast swathes of Scotland’s heather moorland, which is more endangered than the rainforest. To celebrate the Glorious Twelfth why not buy one of our charming grouse themed products? You could have breakfast from a grouse egg cup before putting on one of several silk grouse ties and heading out to shoot.

Top Scottish chefs campaigning for more grouse on the menu

Some of Scotland’s top chefs are working with estate workers to spearhead a campaign to put grouse on menus across the country. Michelin-starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Brian Grigor are collaborating with moorland management groups in an attempt to get more Scottish people to eat the game bird, which is said to offer many health benefits, and support  rural economies.

Health benefits

Wild game lives on a predominantly natural diet, eating foods which are perfect for their genetic makeup and therefore assured of being digested properly. This gives the animals all the nutrients they need to be healthy, and these benefits are then passed on to diners. A grouse in flight in the Scottish Highlands — Fur Feather & Fin Animals with a natural, green-food diet will have meat higher in omega-3 fatty acids than other meats. It also contains higher levels of nutrients such as iron and zinc, which are all essential to living a healthy lifestyle and protecting the body from harmful free radicals.

Eating locally

Tom Kitchin was the youngest ever chef to be awarded a Michelin star and fully supports the use of grouse. “The game we have access to here in Scotland is so outstanding, I always feel it is my duty to share the passion I have for it. “To me, grouse and The Glorious Twelfth symbolise all that is great about Scottish produce. I hope that others can share in that enjoyment of cooking and eating wonderful Scottish grouse the moment it comes into season.” The grouse has been praised by many as a great ingredient, due to it being organic and having virtually no food miles. Although it is readily available, it is not being taken up as effectively - hence the reason for the campaign. Many supermarkets are increasing their stocks of game meat, with Iceland being the latest to add grouse to its shelves, in the form of a frozen brace. With campaigns like this, grouse and other game meats are becoming more accessible for everyone to try.


The grouse shooting season runs for 121 days and brings around 40,000 shooting visitors from across the world to the UK, generating around £61million. BASC has estimated that 70,000 red grouse were shot in 2014 and new research has also found that the shooting season earns communities in the Angus region of Scotland nearly £1 million in wages. Individuals preparing for shooting red grouse in the Scottish Highlands — Fur Feather & Fin Although the new shooting season has officially for underway, this doesn’t mean it is too late to get organised. Our range of shooting gloves will ensure you are suitably protected for your next shoot, so why not take a look on our website today?   Photos courtesy of USFWS Mountain-Prairie & Uncredited, under Creative Commons