Glorious 13th

The Grouse season is underway, traditionally the season begins on the 12th August but as shooting isn't allowed on a sunday it falls on the 13th this year. However some shoots have fallen foul of the weather

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Grouse season kicks off

A Red Grouse in the heather Credit: ITV Border

The Grouse shooting season has begun across the country. Traditionally the sport begins on what is known as the Glorious 12th (of August). But as that fell on a Sunday when shooting is not allowed, the season began on the 13th this year.

But in Cumbria the start of the season has been far from glorious, all shooting on Shap moor has been cancelled because the wettest May and June on record have decimated grouse numbers.

Robert Benson, sporting manager of the Lonsdale Estate said:

"We were hit by rain in May. We had an inch of rain as the grouse chicks started to hatch and we've had excessive rain on and off since then.

"Hens that had hatched were unable to look after their chicks. Many nested again and their nests were flooded out, and in July the chicks that had survived were too big to shelter under the hens when the rain came again."

However shoots are taking place north of the Border in Southern Scotland. Grouse shooting brings millions of pounds into local economies.

Grouse shooting is the formula one of the game shooting world. The birds can travel up to 80 miles an hour and thousands of pounds are spent by enthusiasts who want the chance to take aim.

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