Yorkshire: ‘Weather has hit our grouse shooting’

Peter Snaith, head keeper of the Danby Estate in North Yorkshire. PIC: Ross Parry

Peter Snaith, head keeper of the Danby Estate in North Yorkshire. PIC: Ross Parry

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THE GROUSE shooting season is under way – including in Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Peak District – as gamekeepers warn poor weather conditions earlier in the year have hit the birds’ breeding.

The season starts in mid-August on the day known as the “Glorious Twelfth”.

But as the annual event begins, industry leaders said around 40 per cent of shooting days in England were likely to be lost because late spring snow, frosts, low temperatures, heavy rain and even a severe hailstorm at the beginning of July in some areas have hit grouse numbers in the uplands.

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