At the end of the 2009 grouse shooting season, reports from moorland keepers are remarkably varied, with some recording record bags and others reporting devastating outbreaks of strongylosis.

The Countryside Alliance’s (CA) moorland policy officer Adrian Blackmore said: “Some moors have had yet another excellent year with record bags being achieved. This was particularly true of several moors in the North Pennines. The Peak District has also had an excellent year, again with some record bags, after a run of some pretty lean ones.”

BASC’s northern regional director Phil Pugh concurred: “The general feeling is that this has been a good season with bag numbers holding up to expectations and in some areas there was even the odd record day.”

The rest of this article appears in 16 December issue of Shooting Times.

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