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Revive | The Coalition for Grouse Moor Reform
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Revive | The Coalition for Grouse Moor Reform

Grouse moors – upland areas intensively managed for driven grouse shooting – cover a huge area of Scotland. Regularly burnt to ensure the different heights of heather, devoid of anything considered a threat to grouse, dotted with medicated grit trays for grouse, and scarred with permanent tracks to save shooters having to walk up to thousands of shooting butts to kill grouse, this form of moorland management perhaps appears to be ancient and in harmony with the uplands but in fact originated only in Victorian times, developing alongside the introduction of breech-loading shotguns and the expansion of railway networks which made once remote moors increasingly accessible. A newly launched coalition, Revive, is questioning whether grouse moors are the best way to utilise up to 20% of Scotland's land. Made up of conservation, societal, and environmental organisations based in Scotland, Revive has come together to say that reform of these precious areas "is not only needed but urgently needed". Charlie Moores met with Revive campaign manager Max Wiszniewski to find out more