The socio-economic benefits associated with grouse shooting are wide ranging and far reaching.
Grouse shooting and moorland management play a significant social and cultural role in upland communities. They provide a strong incentive for investment in the UK’s uplands and remote rural areas, providing valuable employment and important support for a range of businesses.
Studies show that when grouse shooting stops, this has a significant impact on the local economy and people.
- At least 40,000 people take part in grouse shooting annually and the average shooting day brings 40 people together.
- Grouse shooting in England, Scotland and Wales supports the equivalent of over 2,500 full-time jobs and is worth in excess of £100m to the economy annually.
- Grouse shooting can encourage the retention of young people in upland communities.
- Visits to the uplands produce physical and psychological wellbeing benefits. Without management for grouse, our upland areas would look very different and for many this unique landscape would lose its appeal.
- Shooting has been shown to provide a unique mix of wellbeing benefits for participants – from getting people active, to reducing social isolation and encouraging engagement with the natural environment. Research suggests shooting on the whole is actively contributing towards government wellbeing targets by providing personal, social and physical benefits.
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