The Glorious Twelfth (12th August) sees the opening of the Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica) shooting season on the moors of Scotland and northern England.
Driven Red Grouse shooting, for many, is the ultimate sporting game bird - truly wild, with great speed and agility, perused in stunning scenery, which can be as distracting as the bird itself.
Red grouse numbers fluctuate from season to season due to bad weather in the breeding period and from the nematode worm, Trichostrongylus tenuis, levels that can reduce breeding success - in good grouse breeding years, it is important to balance grouse numbers by shooting surplus numbers to leave a healthy breeding population for the following year.
For this reason, and due to high demand for driven grouse shooting, we organise shooting teams early so that when shooting estates realise a harvestable surplus, from a successful breeding season, we can quickly reserve these shooting days for our guests.
Grouse moors and their management play a key role in producing upland landscapes that preserves and enhances heather-dominated habitats, rich in wildlife and biodiversity.
This habitat enhancement along with predator control, contributes to the conservation of a suite of upland bird species; curlew, lapwing, golden plover, ring ouzel, redshank, red and black grouse populations.
This is a land use that delivers high nature conservation value, that is paid for almost exclusively by private shooting investment, and supports local communities economically, socially and culturally.
The Country Food Trust (CFT)
• Sybarite Sporting supports The Country Food Trust by encouraging a 0.50p (VAT exempt) donation
on every gamebird harvested, on the shooting days we organise.
The Country Food Trust is a charity food producer that make top quality protein-based food that
are donated to charities who feed people in need. Our sporting guests’ donations enable those
birds harvested, that are not sold directly, to be processed into nutritious retort pouch meals for
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The British Game Alliance (BGA)
• Sybarite Sporting supports The British Game Alliance by encouraging a 0.50p (VAT exempt)
donation on every gamebird harvested, on the shooting days we organise.
The British Game Alliance promotes the consumption of gamebird meat, as the official marketing
board for game meat in the UK. Through the BGA 'British Game' assurance scheme, sporting
guests’ can be assured they are participating in a shoot that adheres to the highest standards, and
gamebird consumers can be confident to the provenance of their food.
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Sandgrouse (Pterocles spp.) are birds of the Old World deserts, widespread across northern, southern and eastern Africa.
Structurally similar to pigeons with thicker skin and remarkable drinking habits - their plumage, the abdominal feathers, have structural characteristics which are favourable for the uptake of large quantities of water.
Sandgrouse are strong agile flyers, descending upon water in large flock numbers, at high speeds, in the early morning hours and late in the afternoon.