Grouse moors should face tougher regulation, says government-commissioned review

Grouse moor estates should be brought under licence within five years unless bird of prey populations on or near shooting estates recover significantly, a government-commissioned panel has concluded.

The Grouse Moor Management Group – established in 2017 – was commissioned by the Scottish government to investigate the environmental impact of grouse moor estates after the country’s nature regulator, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), reported that one third of tagged golden eagles had disappeared on or around driven grouse moors in Scotland.

Last week, the expert group led by Alan Werritty, professor of geography and environmental science at the University of Dundee, published its long-awaited report looking into grouse moor reform. 

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