The open season on Red Grouse ends today and reopens on the Inglorious 12 August 2016.
Grouse shooting is a pointless and environmentally damaging hobby for people with guns. this would be fine if their hobby didn’t have consequences for others.
The argument of my book, Inglorious, is that the intensive management of hills to provide unnaturally high levels of Red Grouse for shooting depends on high levels of wildlife crime (on protected species such as Hen Harriers, Peregrines and Golden Eagles) but also damages the ecology of the uplands more broadly and disrupts the ecosystem services (such as carbon storage, flood alleviation etc) that they provide for us all. Thus the expensive hobby for a few disadvantages the many. And it’s just a hobby after all.
We’d be better off without driven grouse shooting. If it didn’t exist then no-one would invent it these days. Let’s ban driven grouse shooting so that one year soon, it will never re-open on the Inglorious 12th.