The Gift of Grouse – Rural Communities Back Grouse Shooting as Key to Their Future
The importance of grouse shooting and moorland management in supporting fragile rural communities is highlighted in a new report (Executive Summary here) (Full Report here) published by Scotland’s Rural College and the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College.
The report examines community perceptions and the socio-economic impacts of grouse shooting and moorland management in Scotland.
The findings are also supported by the release of ‘The Untold Story: Driven Grouse Shooting’ – a feature film made by gamekeepers from the Angus Glens Moorland Group demonstrating the impact on local communities. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsMkt04XKVs
Speaking at the launch of the report in Edinburgh on 22 September 2015, Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, said: “The Scottish Government is committed to maximising tourism growth and to supporting field sports. Scotland offers the complete package of sport, a warm welcome, good food & drink and unrivalled landscapes and shooting makes a valuable contribution to the rural economy, including in the winter months. I am very pleased to be able to extend support to all of those who make a success of field sports in a professional and responsible fashion. Their efforts bring to Scotland a number of visitors who are very welcome and make a significant financial contribution to the sector.”
Click the image to link to ‘The Gift of Grouse’ website.
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