BASC has written to MPs to give them the facts on grouse shooting and moorland management.
BASC has produced a new briefing note and sent it to a targeted group of MPs, including ministers and those with moorland in their constituencies, ahead of the start of the grouse shooting season on August 12th.
Sophie Hutchinson, BASC’s political affairs manager, said: “It is important that Members of Parliament, particularly those who have grouse moors in their constituencies, have the correct information on the widespread conservation and economic benefits that grouse shooting has in the uplands.
“This brief aims to counteract the myths that surround legitimate grouse shooting and upland management while not shying away from some of the challenges that driven grouse shooting faces. BASC will continue to make the case for grouse shooting to those in Westminster and be on hand for parliamentarians who wish to know more.”
BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “The conservation, economic and social benefits of grouse shooting are significant. Heather moorland is rarer than rainforest – 75 per cent is found in Britain because of grouse moor management and up to five times more threatened wading birds are supported on moors managed by gamekeepers.
“Grouse shooting is worth an estimated £100 million to the economy each year and supports more than 2,500 jobs. Grouse shooting benefits pubs, hotels and other local businesses. In the uplands, this can mean the difference in viability for fragile rural communities. In addition, grouse is a healthy food source.”