No Moor Myths

Setting the record straight on grouse

This year, we want to set the record straight on grouse. Together, we can dispel the myths about grouse moor management and bring the truth to the fore.

Now is the time for #NoMoorMyths

The benefits of moorland management


of English grouse moors fall within a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


of the Pennines and N. Yorks Moors’ Special Protection Areas are managed for grouse

Almost £100 million

is the estimated annual value of grouse shooting in England, Wales and Scotland

At least 40,000

people take part in grouse shooting annually, and the average day brings 40 people together

More than 2,500 full time jobs

are supported by grouse shooting in England, Scotland and Wales 

Up to 5 times

more threatened wading birds supported on moors managed by gamekeepers

Managing heather helps preserve and protect the UK’S BIGGEST


of all the world’s heather moorland is found in Britain because of grouse moor management

Reduced risk of wildfires by controlled burning

Fresh water sources and reduced flood risk:


of the UK’s drinking water comes from the uplands

*Information from Value of Shooting report

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Relive our Simply Glorious! 2020 campaign

Last year saw BASC promote the conservation credentials and wider benefits of grouse moors to the UK through a major media campaign. 

Using key newspaper publications in areas where grouse moors are a central part of the local fabric, we spread the word about the value of grouse shooting to the local community, economy and wildlife. Read more about the campaign here.

BASC Simply Glorious! adverts were featured in the following publications:

  • Front and back page on Yorkshire Post 
  • The Scotsman
  • Deeside Piper
  • Lancashire Post
  • Clitheroe Advertiser
  • Sheffield Star
  • Derbyshire Times
  • Yorkshire Post online

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Briefing note on grouse shooting & moorland management


Benefits of grouse shooting - infographic

Grouse Shooting on the Moorlands

Grouse shooting takes place on moorland as far south as Wales and Derbyshire and as far north as the Highlands of Scotland.

Moorland managed for grouse shooting delivers a vast array of benefits for wildlife, marginal communities, the rural economy and the wider upland landscape, while facilitating the harvest of a completely wild, healthy and nutritious food source.

The grouse shooting season starts on 12 August (often referred to as the ‘Glorious Twelfth’) and finishes on 10 December.


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