Water on grouse moors has made recent headlines and driven online debate. Speculation and misunderstanding have given volume to false assertions and this needs to be addressed.
The 12th August represents the start of the game shooting calendar, beginning with the most prized bird of them all – our native red grouse. In more recent years this has not only been the start of the shooting season but an annual outcry of anti-shooting propaganda.
The UK is home to around 26 per cent of the world’s breeding curlew, yet they have suffered a population crash of 43 per cent since the mid-1990s.