Call for restraint shooting woodcock
Shooting organisations have backed GWCT calls to delay woodcock shooting until migrating birds arrive
In an effort to protect the woodcock population, several countryside organisations, including the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, are following the recommendation of conservationists by asking shoots to schedule any shooting until at least after November’s full moon, which falls on Wednesday 25th November.
This will allow the declining resident woodcock population time migrate to more temperate regions, and the arrival of wintering woodcock (whose numbers are stable) from Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russia.
Ensure the resident breeders get the best chance for future years
Preserve native stock