Grouse season set to boost economy

THOUSANDS of pounds are expected to be pumped in to Scarborough’s economy as the grouse shooting season gets underway.

Last year the sport generated more than £67 million for rural economies across England and Wales, according to the Moorland Association.

As the shooting season starts today, experts predict it will generate more cash, with Scarborough set to benefit from shooting in Danby Moors and on the Dawnay Estates.

In an analysis the Association calculated that more than £50 million was spent by moor owners on year-round management of some of the country’s most treasured landscapes and wildlife, while businesses including game dealers, hotels and equipment suppliers received more than £15 million. The industry also supported 1,500 full time jobs.

As well as Scarborough’s local grouse moors Yorkshire is also home to shooting in the Dales, Nidderdale, the Moors and Pennines.