The UK is home to 75 percent of the world’s heather moorland, which as a habitat is rarer than rainforest. The majority of the grouse moor landscape in the UK is managed for grouse shooting and funded primarily by private investment – this is the most cost-effective model of upland management to the tax payer.
Throughout the year, grouse moor managers use a range of management tools to maintain and improve the health of this unique upland environment.
Heather burning, cutting and monitored grazing can all play a part, while managing pests, predators and invasive species, controlling disease and ticks, and restoring historically damaged peatland all help towards improving the grouse moor landscape.
A report by the University of Northampton has found that driven grouse shooting offers a sustainable approach to maintaining the UK’s uplands.