Neil Mackay's Big Read: The 'Glorious' twelfth sees 250,000 animals killed so 300,000 grouse can be shot

As the shooting season opens a coalition of wildlife, environmental and land reform campaigners have the grouse industry in their sights. Estates burn moors, contribute little to the Scottish economy, and are engaged in a grotesque ‘war on wildlife’, they say – and the government must act to regulate the industry. Writer at Large Neil Mackay investigates

Neil Mackay's Big Read: The 'Glorious' twelfth sees 250,000 animals killed so 300,000 grouse can be shot
As the shooting season opens a coalition of wildlife, environmental and land reform campaigners have the grouse industry in their sights. Estates burn moors, contribute little to the Scottish economy, and are engaged in a grotesque ‘war on wildlife’, they say – and the government must act to regulate the industry. Writer at Large Neil Mackay investigates