Driven grouse moors - socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts: summary report

A summary report of findings from research into socioeconomic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors and the employment rights of gamekeepers


This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government through contract CR/2019/01. The collaborative work was led by Scotland's Rural College in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute. Full technical reports for each part of this project are available on the SEFARI website.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researchers and do not necessarily represent those of the Research Advisory Group, Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers.

We would like to acknowledge the advice and support of the project's Research Advisory Group:

  • Gita Anand: Scottish Government – Project Manager
  • Hugh Dignon: Scottish Government – Policy Lead
  • Leia Fitzgerald: Scottish Government
  • Rhys Howell: Scottish Government
  • Helen Duncan: Scottish Government
  • Tim Baynes: Scottish Land & Estates (Moorland Group)
  • Colin Shedden: British Association for Shooting and Conservation
  • Kenneth Stephen: Scottish Gamekeepers Association
  • Des Thompson: NatureScot
  • Ian Thomson: RSPB Scotland
  • Charles Warren: University of St Andrews

Citation: Thomson, S., Mc Morran, R., Newey, S., Matthews, K.B., Fielding, D., Miller, D.G., Glass, J., Gandossi, G., McMillan, J. and Spencer, M. (2020) Summary Report - Socio-economic and biodiversity impacts of driven grouse moors in Scotland. Commissioned report for Scottish Government (CR/2019/01), pp-41,



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