Socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Summary Report

Rob W. Brooker, SG Thomson, Keith B. Matthews, Alison J. Hester, Scott Newey, Robin J Pakeman, Dave Miller, Volker Mell, Inge Aalders, R McMorran, Jayne Glass

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Abstract

In May 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced commissioning of “research into the costs and benefits of large shooting estates to Scotland’s economy and biodiversity”. A related Programme for Government (2017-2018) commitment published in September 2017 also stated that a research project will be commissioned to “examine the impact of large shooting estates on Scotland’s economy and biodiversity.” The focus of the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement concerns ‘driven grouse shooting’ estates. This report addresses the commission.
The main objective of this work was to bring together the best-available and new evidence to consider the socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland. Three detailed reports have been produced on the following topic areas:
Socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Part 1: Socioeconomic impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland - an evidence review of the impacts of driven grouse moors on estate employment, wages, capital assets, etc. as well as on the wider rural business base and on local communities. The socio-economics of a selection of alternative land
management models was also considered.
Socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Part 2: Biodiversity impacts of driven grouse shooting in Scotland – an evidence review of impacts from a range of management activities associated with driven grouse moors, including: muirburn; grazing (sheep and deer); legal predator control; mountain hare management; and a review of ecosystem service
delivery by driven grouse moors.
Socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland: Part 3: Use of GIS/remote sensing to identify areas of grouse moors, and to assess potential for alternative land uses – using GIS and remote sensing to estimate the extent, intensity and characteristics of grouse moors in Scotland, including opportunities and constraints for alternative uses.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSEFARI
Commissioning bodyThe Scottish Government
Number of pages19
Publication statusPrint publication - 2 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • grouse
  • grouse butt
  • driven grouse shooting
  • grouse moor
  • walked-up grouse
  • socio-economic impact
  • alternative moorland use
  • gamekeepers
  • investment
  • costs
  • revenue
  • GIS
  • strip-burning
  • biodiversity
  • area of grouse moor

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