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Sep
16

The real price of grouse: episode 4

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Here’s episode 4 in a series of videos hosted by Chris Packham about the #NotSoGlorious damaging management practices associated with the driven grouse shooting industry. Episode one (an introduction to driven grouse shooting) can be watched here.  Episode 2 (the damaging environmental effects of heather burning) can be watched here. Episode 3 (traps) can be watched here.

Here’s episode 4, all about parasites, medication and the mass killing of mountain hares:

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4 Responses to “The real price of grouse: episode 4”


  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    September 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Very well put as usual Chris. It is disgusting that so many of OUR mountain hares are being systematically slaughtered, together with so many more species of OUR wildlife, just so as another species (grouse) can be shot in gigantic numbers for fun.

  2. 2 H Lauder
    September 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Well done chris and rpuk for a good piece but that’s not the complete picture.

    Removal of Mountain hares is not just about spread of disease.

    mountain hares are an important prey species for eagles wildcat another many others. grouse moors have a ” no prey equals no predators” strategy.

    Removing prey removes predators.

    • September 4, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thanks. You’re right, there was a lot missing from this video, but that’s one of the constraints of trying to stick to a 2.5 min video!

      As well as the very good point you make, other things missing include the growing problem of Bulgy Eye (another disease spread amongst grouse at grit trays), the fact that on some moors medicated grit is 10 x the legally permitted strength, the fact that red grouse entering the food chain have never been tested for chemical residues from the medicated grit, and the fact that the environmental damage from the chemicals in medicated grit have never been explored in the UK (the chemical, Flubendazole, has been tested in Asia and was found to cause damage to invertebrates).

      • 4 h lauder
        September 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        Didn’t know that…..the more these topics are examined the more is uncovered and exposes a very unsustainable, environmentally unfriendly and grubby industry driven grouse shooting is.

        Keep up the tremendous work particularly your investigatory pieces. In an climate where good environmental journalists are fast becoming endangered species your work is very valuable.


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