Whilst not against grouse-shooting pre-se, as I recognise its potential to encourage broader retention of valuable heathland habitat, the land management has to focus on the ecosystem's heath as a whole. Any effort to maximise grouse numbers at the expense of other wildlife such as shooting hares, burning heather at the wrong times or controlling raptor numbers completely removes any right the shooting lobby could have to claim their sport is of value to conservation.
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