The cold and wet weather has ruined prospects for ‘Glorious Twelfth’ in many parts of Scotland.


At least this year many more Red Grouse will be spared to live another day

Shooters on the “Glorious Twelfth” may struggle to find grouse next week – with experts saying the “dreadful” Scottish weather has ruined prospects for the shooting season. Following four bumper seasons with high numbers of grouse shot, experts in Scotland are predicting that some shoots may have to be called off owing to shortages of grouse this year. The cold, wet and windy spring and summer are being blamed for the reduced numbers, with smaller number of hatches and birds not growing big enough to be shot.


The 12th of August, known as the “Glorious Twelfth”, is the first day of shooting season for red grouse across the UK. Traditionally it is one of the busiest days of the season, with large numbers of birds being shot in celebration. But this year experts have warned that the opening shoot may be somewhat muted – with insufficient numbers of birds for a fully-fledged hunt. And some of the smaller estates have cancelled their hunts altogether.Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association also confirmed the forecast, saying: “This year looks to be a different picture, largely due to the cold and wet weather.”

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3 comments to The cold and wet weather has ruined prospects for ‘Glorious Twelfth’ in many parts of Scotland.

  • Circus maxima

    While I always enjoy a wee bit of the old schadenfeude, we should be concerned.
    The dim wits love their mantras….and what they claimed about the Langholm study was that Harriers keep low grouse populations low. This means that every grouse moor keeper will be doing their best to ensure that harriers disappear this winter and next spring to ensure the optimum for their monoculture.

  • Julie Wright

    What a shame !

  • Gerard Hobley

    Beware them claiming that a record year for hen harriers is the cause.