If the SNP government was as determined to stamp out raptor persecution as its supporters are to promote their political agenda of grievance and resentment an effective and rigorous licensing system would have been introduced years ago. Scotland is sick of being treated as England's colony, and sick of absentee landlords trying to treat it like a themepark. The red grouse is a wild, ground-nesting bird of the heather moorlands, unique to the UK. What's this, an invasion of the cybernats? The figure for walked-up grouse was 4,685 and for deer stalking 4,005. So tell me BSA where is the Scottish campaign to rid the country of open hill deer stalking - killer of local economies, the land, wildlife and drivers as much as of stags with nice antlers? The red grouse is a completely wild bird and not reared then released as are pheasant and partridge. A licensing scheme for grouse moor shooting will be introduced in Scotland as part of efforts to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey, rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon has announced. Do we think it will work out that the fee for the Licence to be applied for by Estates will be great enough to fund Compliance Officers / Inspectors / Rangers / Bailiffs to go around and check what is going on in remote places? Your email address will not be published. Ensuring that land is managed to protect and restore nature is essential to delivering a Green Recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and fulfilling Scotland’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045. If anything the press for change from England caused hurdles not pressure. Maybe, just maybe, there is a shadow looking over the shoulders of those in government at Westminster now. The wine tasted good tonight. Britain is always terrified of big changes, no matter how needed they are, we are a nation that can only embrace small incremental "reasonable" changes in the way things work. Many congratulations to everyone who has played a part in getting this far....and that definitely includes you, Mark. Trump routed We will see in due course how effective a licensing system is in terms of resolving the problems associated with driven grouse shooting but this is good news. P.S. I think also some credit is due to Prof Werrity, who had a difficult path to steer, given the make up of his committee. There's a long way to go yet though, but at least things seem to be moving at last. ... looking promising. So plenty of time for prevarication and delay as the details are thrashed out, it could well be 5 years before implementation. Grouse shooting delivers major economic benefits in Scotland's rural communities and using estates for woodland instead would result in job losses, a major SNP government study has concluded. You and your colleagues Ruth and Chris are to be roundly congratulated for this success as well as the RSPB. A licensing scheme for grouse moor shooting will be introduced in Scotland as part of efforts to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey, rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon has announced. The minister suggested it could take three years. Jobs Classifieds. Shooters gathering on Scottish moorlands today for the Glorious Twelfth opening of the grouse season will be taking extra precautions to reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus. Prince George has been taken along on a grouse shoot by his father while on a family holiday in Scotland.. With this Scottish Government decision together with the departure of Trump, things are looking more hopeful today for nature and conservation. We face twin crises in nature and climate that threaten human health and wellbeing and the survival of many species across the planet. The Scottish government is to be congratulated for recognising that when previous approaches have failed to achieve the desired effect a change of approach is needed. Personally I see no sense or self respect in being ruled from another country which has no democracy and has no respect for us or our environment. Shaan. Estates work hard to manage their moors at great expense, and grouse shooting in Scotland remains the pinnacle of game shooting for many sportsmen. I also think that the recent news about trail hunting will have the raptor killers feeling just a little less cocky than usual - I've always thought that one influences the other. Jacinda Ardern re-elected And while you praise others, you must take a lot of credit too. Which of them is hamstringing progress? 2020 provided all these things. There is a lot of work to be done, and it will largely be led by the larger Scottish NGOs such as the RSPB, to make sure that the licensing regime which is introduced will be as strong as possible. It was published prior to the Scottish Government’s response to the independent Werritty review on grouse moor management, which recommended a licensing scheme be imposed if raptor killings did not improve within a five-year probationary period. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. And sporting estates were a product of British capitalism and the Romantic Movement which makes it difficult to talk about blame, but British sporting culture, ethics etc and their environmental consequences were the work of the Anglo British establishment in London so blame is appropriate there particularly given the unique nature of that culture in Europe. You carry on and 'follow your own path' and rule out being 'led by a piece of rag'. If everyone was pushing for licencing and no one was calling for a ban it would be much easier for politicians to ignore it and carry on as normal. As you say Mark, many congratulations and well done to all those raptor workers and the RSPB and of course to you, Chris Packham and Dr Tingay. Well, thank heavens for that! The review also suggested ministers should increase regulatory control of muirburn, which is carried out to give grouse areas to live, and said land managers should report annually on the number of mountain hares culled to protect grouse from disease. However, the study said deer stalking complemented other activities on estates such as woodland management, helping to "maintain a larger year-round staff team.". Shooting Seasons Game Shooting. Find out more, A new report commissioned by the Scottish Government has found grouse shooting delivers major benefits to rural Scotland, Exclusive: GP surgeries offered £1,000 to cancel second dose Covid jab appointments in roll-out chaos, Crackdown planned as Covid deaths hit record high, The new British military mission in Mali has a worrying deficiency – a lack of air support, Salmond accuses Sturgeon of repeatedly misleading parliament and giving 'untrue' evidence to Holyrood probe, Businesses should brace for 'significant border disruption' as France orders ports crackdown, Fears over Scots flouting new lockdown as hospital admissions and deaths hit record high. Mark this is at the very least your victory as anybody else's. Scotland came to terms with that a long time ago and has been moving on, something else that seems to have to escaped your notice. Also bear in mind that the SNP are saying there will be another referendum during the term of the next parliament. I remain sceptical of how well licensing might work but this is an evening to be optimistic and to hope that those who can, do make the licensing system fit for the purpose of clamping down on wildlife crime and on environmental damage generally. A licensing scheme for grouse moor shooting will be introduced in Scotland as part of efforts to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey, rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon has announced. English interference, no matter how noble the cause, is now something that hamstrings the push for change not something that empowers it. That's the bones of the success along with a receptive SNP membership. Single Guns with The Wykeham Syndicate are available as below. Reece - thanks. I have no doubt that the industry will use its influence and contacts, and perhaps every underhand trick in their playbook, to make licensing as feeble as possible. Yes indeed. Given the glacial pace to get this far I suspect the three years suggested is wildly optimistic. But for me the biggest issue is going to be enforcement. Today, productive grouse moors are mainly found in Scotland and Today, productive grouse moors are mainly found in Scotland and As far I am aware neither of them is seeking credit for this decision but amongst many others they have surely played a part in bring it about. Offering Driven Grouse shooting on Scotland's premier sporting Estate. There has been a mixed response to the Scottish Government’s announcement it plans to license grouse shooting businesses in Scotland. There are only two political parties in Scotland that have representatives who speak up for the shooting lobby: the Tories and the SNP. A licensing scheme for grouse moor shooting will be introduced in Scotland as part of efforts to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey, rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon has announced.Grouse Scotland is very quick off the mark to point out where it's contributed to world culture, not so much when it comes to where we've benefitted from others. We know we are all in this for the long haul so we can allow ourselves a wee dram (or fruit cocktail) to celebrate that things are moving forward. ... . That was subsequently expanded into the SNP membership and beyond by the independent Scottish bodies who make up Revive. Grouse shooting in Scotland The sport of shooting red grouse on heather moorlands is unique to the UK and has occurred since the mid-19th century. Grouse shooting businesses will need a licence to operate under new Scottish Government proposals that also include controls for muirburn – the burning of vegetation in moorland areas. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Many people have contributed to getting to this point and it would be impossible to thank them all. Like grouse moors it means we have devastated tree poor ecosystems with little wildlife and in addition a greatly heightened risk of people being seriously injured or killed in a traffic collision with the severely bloated red deer population. Then look at who are going to be involved in agreeing the details, shooting organisations! Bullshit. We are on our way. Required fields are marked *. Many Scottish country sports providers throughout Scotland offer driven or walked up red grouse shooting with the season 12th August – 10th December (30th November NI) What's happened to 2020? Grouse shooting delivers major economic benefits in Scotland's rural communities and using estates for woodland instead would result in job losses, a major SNP government study has concluded. Grouse shooting businesses will need a licence to operate under new Scottish Government proposals that also include controls for muirburn – the burning of vegetation in moorland areas. And great that not waiting 5 years either. Driven grouse shooting is the hunting of the red grouse, a field sport of the United Kingdom. So far as I can see the driving forces have been Ruth as an individual, the SRSGs and the RSPB. Offering Driven Grouse shooting on Scotland's premier sporting Estate. And let's be clear, Ruth has pressed for a ban too. We have collated some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will be updated as the situation develops. For those of us determined to see an end to this damaging hobby, it represented a great leap forward. So will any licensing regime be effective? By extension I'll point out that 'South of the border' could also apply to people like Ruth Tingay who after all was the driving force behind Raptor Persecution Scotland now Raptor Persecution UK. There has been a mixed response to the Scottish Government’s announcement it plans to license grouse shooting businesses in Scotland. Prices held from 2020 providing a exceptional sporting day with full hospitality. There is a long way to go before licensing of grouse shooting is a fact, but it will now happen in Scotland. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Learn how your comment data is processed. We are very excited to offer this exclusive 100 brace driven grouse shooting and 2 nights castle stay package deal at the majestic Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders: 100 brace driven grouse day on Thirlestane moor team of 8-9 Guns exclusive use of the castle state rooms and recently renovated luxury apartments full catering… ", Dr Colin Sheddon, director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said: "While conservation enterprises rely on public funding for 79 per cent of their revenue, grouse shooting and deer stalking enterprises require no direct public funding whatsoever. A widespread transition away from driven grouse towards woodland creation would likely result in job losses "in some regions", it said, although some of this could be offset through tourism development. I'll settle for decisions made democratically in Scotland by the folk who live here. I do also know there are many people in Scotland who pushed for change, in a very small way I am one of them, but acknowledge without an awful lot of impetus from south of the border the fight against DGS wouldn't have had such a high profile. “After two poor grouse seasons, largely due to the weather, 2020 is looking better in many areas. The political impetus for this change came from the Scottish Raptor Group licensing petition to Parliament and their subsequent work with the Parliament's Environment Committee all of which led to Werrity. We believe that what has been announced today is supported by an overwhelming weight of evidence and is entirely proportionate. We're aw Jock Tamson's bairns Random. The report found driven grouse created a full-time job for every 1,446 hectares of land compared to 4,000 ha for forestry, 2,100 for conservation and 1,793 for sheep farming. I was struck by the widespread support for this move from the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Greens, and the rather limp protestations from Scottish Conservatives. Well done everyone , all at Wild Justice, the raptor workers, the unknown thousands who care passionately and do their bit, year in year out to protect our wildlife. Grouse moor estates who are found to be breaking wildlife protection laws should lose their right to shoot. The remnants of the 'Scottish Cringe' are on full display here, from the deference to English leadership, to the gratuitous denigration of ScotGov. The difference is there isn't any open hill deer stalking in England too, if there was I suspect that we might by now have a national campaign against it with perhaps a Scottish branch or derivation of it. June 6, 2020 June 6, 2020 / britishcountrysports The UK grouse shooting season commences on 12 August ( The Glorious Twelfth ) and runs through to 10 December. When did you last influence a decision made in Westminster and when do you seriously think it will ever be possible? As excitement mounts in shooting circles for the start of the grouse season on 12 August, Annika Purdey takes a look at what 2020 has to offer – and what changes some of the grandest shoots in the north of England and Scotland have put in place, to ensure government guidelines are adhered to … Thanks again for all your efforts. It’s never a definite until the birds are pouring over the butts, but some areas will have enough grouse to sustainably shoot a decent bag this year. I don't do 'Scottish cringe', I don't do everything in Scotland that's bad is England's fault ('a beast which was conceived and nourished by England') which is a bandwagon that's become rather over crowded, I'm a better Scot than that and no kind of bigot - credit where credit's due. National Trust and Forestry England suspend trail hunting Please stop blaming everything on the English. And, as I've said before, if licensing works brilliantly (not my expectation, but a possibility) thyen job done! If licensing works badly, the momentum behind a total ban will be huge (and it will grow over time anyway). A ground nesting bird, the red grouse is fast and agile, and is considered to provide a testing game shooting opportunity. Standing up for Nature An awful lot of the most committed and successful conservationists in Scotland like Roy Dennis and Allan Bantinck are actually English. Truly great news. It remains to be seen whether the grouse shooting industry will be smart enough to see that its continued existence will depend on it ceasing to assume that it can do as it pleases and that it has an interest in making licensing work. What we have seen in Scotland is an industry publicly commit suicide by failing to be honest and failing to self-regulate – even failing to give an inch. 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