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Scottish Land & Estates statement on grouse moor management review

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding the Scottish Government’s announcement on the grouse moor management review.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The announcement of the membership of the expert group to look at grouse moor management is a significant step forward in establishing a base of independent research to inform the future of the sector.

“The moorland management community will engage constructively with the group throughout the review and we will be writing to them in the near future to outline the key areas in which we intend to make evidence-based submissions to the review.

“Grouse moor management makes a significant social, economic and environmental contribution to Scotland, preserving many types of upland birds as well as aiding heather conservation and peatland restoration. 

“It also brings visitors, both domestic and from around the world, to some of our most remote rural areas, with their spend helping to sustain thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly in these regions. Gamekeepers and estate staff provide vital employment but we also need to recognise the garages, shops, restaurants and hotels that rely on country sports for their own survival. 

“We fully understand concerns about wildlife crime and have a long-standing position that it is wholly unacceptable in any form. There has been significant progress made in this area through collaborative efforts and this has resulted in declining incidents of wildlife crime. The Scottish Government has recognised this is a complex issue and we are committed to playing our part in ensuring that further progress on the wildlife crime issue is achieved.”


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