The ben­e­fits of grouse shoot­ing

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Heather moor­land is ‘rarer than rain­for­est’; 75% of it is in Bri­tain

An es­ti­mated £100 mil­lion is spent on con­ser­va­tion by grouse-moor own­ers and shoot­ers, much of which goes to­wards the con­trol of dis­eases and in­va­sive species

79% of the Pen­nines and North York Moors’ Special Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas are man­aged for grouse shoot­ing; 99% of English grouse moors are within a na­tional park or AONB

Up to five times more threat­ened wad­ing birds, such as curlews, are sup­ported on moors man­aged for grouse shoot­ing; manag­ing the heather es­sen­tial for red grouse helps pre­serve the UK’S big­gest car­bon store in the peat found on grouse moors

70% of the UK’S drink­ing wa­ter comes from the up­lands that in­clude man­aged grouse moors The equiv­a­lent of more than 2,500 jobs are sup­ported by grouse shoot­ing and 40,000 peo­ple take part in grouse shoot­ing ev­ery year

The risk of de­struc­tive up­land wild fires can be re­duced by the fire breaks cre­ated by con­trolled burn­ing

Grouse are a good source of healthy food

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