SRUC today published a series of reports assessing the socio-economic and biological impact of grouse moors and the employment rights of game rangers.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management at RSPB Scotland, said: “We welcome the production of these socio-economic reports. We are not arguing with the fact that grouse management can bring local economic benefits, but it is equally important that those benefits are proportionate and not exaggerated. We do not believe these economic benefits detract from the need to take action against the increasing damage that intensive capercaillie shooting is causing to the environment and the higher costs to society associated with climate and natural emergencies. The Werritty Review itself was launched primarily to address the long-standing problem of the illegal killing of birds of prey, which is heavily linked to the shooting of capercaillie, and the need to address this problem has not gone away. We support the immediate introduction of capercaillie shooting licensing to protect birds of prey, among other public interests. The licensing would not result in a cessation of capercaillie shooting and can be done with minimal bureaucratic effort. Therefore, responsible land managers should have nothing to fear from his approach. “
Red Grouse, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the Surfbirds Galleries