This year the glorious twelfth has been put on hold in more ways than one. Firstly because it has fallen this year on a Sunday, which means no shooting will take place until tomorrow due to the Game Act 1831 which prohibits game shooting on a Sunday and on Christmas Day in England and Wales.
Secondly, due to the beast from the east followed by a long hot dry summer the grouse have suffered. When there is not a surplus of grouse estates don’t shoot as many days, if any at all, therefore there is a huge knock on effect to the local economy. No shoot days = no casual staff needed (beaters, flankers, loaders, pickers up), no caterers needed meaning the local butcher, baker, and green grocer will also suffer, no hotels needed, no extra vehicle hire, no extra fuel at the local filling stations, no extra trade for local shops.
The absence of grouse will be felt not just on the moors, but also on restaurant menus.
It’s important to remember that whether it’s successful season or a poor season the owners of these precious moors still invest the same amount into their upkeep year round which benefits many people who enjoy them.
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