Game sports are not at all good for the country

Between 12% and 18% of Scotland’s total land area is currently reserved for grouse moors. Despite this, the economics of such activity has been shown to be significantly worse than any other reasonably conceivable economic activity.

Of all the possible uses of this land, grouse shooting is not only the least moral, it is by far the least economically effective. In fact, almost any other use will create more value and more jobs per hectare.

Back in the day, Common Weal did things like this. In 2019, with the Revive Coalition they produced: Back to Life: Visions for Alternative Futures for Scotland’s Grouse Moors. It settled the debate once and for all yet, only yesterday, the Herald published this letter:

Stubley appears to be a tennis coach yet seems ill-informed on rackets.

Common Weal presented some devastating numbers for the supporters of shooting. Neatly summarised for us by Bird Guides:

A new report has shown that, from an economic perspective, grouse shooting is the most ineffective use of Scottish land. The study, published on the final day of the Scottish grouse season, shows the bloodsport produced an annual gross value added (GVA) of just £30 per hectare.

The report – Back to Life – scrutinises a variety of other possible land uses, including agriculture, biomass, housing and solar power, and found all of them to produce far greater value. If the land was used for other purposes, horticulture would return the greatest GVA at £12,412/ha, followed by housing (£11,950) and solar power (£10,952)

Horticulture, which currently uses 0.26 per cent of Scotland’s land area, would create 7,370 jobs, generate £261 million for the economy and would need 3 ha to create one job. In stark contrast, the report said grouse shooting, on the current land use area of 1.5 million ha, created 2,640 jobs, had an annual economic impact of £32m and required 330 ha to create.

So, headline message

Horticulture 400 times more profitable than grouse shooting!

I know, clickbait.

2 thoughts on “Game sports are not at all good for the country

  1. I recall from a comment from several years ago, quoting from an old book, the appalling amount of wildlife cleared off an area to “make” a grouse moor. I wish I had made a note of this at the time.


  2. Grouse moors are a artificially man made creation
    Which is very bio diverse poor and arose in Victorian times and only became possible after the Highland clearances and the arrival of the railways
    Deer stalking is by far the worst environmental culprit
    If the moors were protected and made vermin proof
    Most of the area would return to Caledonian
    Woodland along with the massive increase in bio diversity which could be greatly enhanced
    By proper management policies in yielding not only a massive environmental benefit but a economic one as well
    All any human has is the ground upon which they stand and grouse moors are denial by the few at the detriment of all
    Land ownership must be limited to a very low
    acerage per individual, Group or Business
    Trust the people with the correct policies and governance to make the most beneficial changes not only for themselves but for all life upon this planet
    There is nothing to debate or argue upon with regards such matters


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