Big de­mand for york­shire birds

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There has been a high de­mand for York­shire grouse this sea­son as wide­spread shoot­ing can­cel­la­tions led to a short sup­ply in other parts of the coun­try.

The North York­shire Moors Moor­land Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NYMMO) re­ported healthy shoot­ing pro­grammes, with birds sent not only to lo­cal busi­nesses but also much fur­ther afield. In fact, the NYMMO said that three in ev­ery four grouse supplied from one of its es­tates made their way into the kitchens of restau­rants across Lon­don.

An­drew Dent of L&A Dent Game Deal­ers, which works closely with NYMMO and the other moor­land groups, said: “Each sea­son we take 90 per cent of the grouse avail­able from es­tates in NYMMO. This year we are down 70 per cent on trade from last year due to the poor sea­son be­ing wit­nessed through­out the coun­try, so this steady sup­ply of grouse from the North York Moors is vi­tally im­por­tant to our busi­ness; it would be a dis­as­ter with­out it.

“We run a large-scale op­er­a­tion fo­cus­ing on sup­ply­ing the whole­sale cater­ing trade both lo­cally and be­yond. Lon­don is a huge mar­ket for grouse, with 80 per cent of our young birds mak­ing its way to restau­rants through­out the city, 72 per cent of which is grouse supplied from es­tates within NYMMO.”

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