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March 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

So far the winter has been quite good for grouse with no extremes, some cold and snow but not too much.  The warm spell in February brought on the emergence of buds from Cotton grass.  These are valuable food, rich in protein and energy, which are useful to build up reserves for breeding which starts with egg laying in mid April.   Heather condition is good as there has been very little severe frost.

Spring work is well on with heather cutting and topping up grit points plus some heather burning when weather is suitable. Predator control of foxes is continuous but crow control is a Spring time job and starts in late March

Grouse counts of breeding pairs started in mid March and numbers are not as bad as most of us feared after the terrible 2018 season.

Shooting prospects will depend on the weather from now till July when we count again to assess the number of young

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