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Tuesday, 02 June 2015

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Tynedale: Glorious day on the moors

THERE is a mixed bag of prospects in store for the grouse-shooting season which kicked off on Tuesday.

The Glorious Twelfth saw parties descend on Tynedale’s country estates for a busy season which runs until December 10.

It is the component of business for estates and many are hoping for a good start to the season.

Adrian Blackmore, moorland director of the Countryside Alliance, said: “The North Pennines and Tynedale have reported really good stock. The weather was appalling in the days before Tuesday. But because it was so good in May there have been some good broods of birds.”

While most estates started on Tuesday, shooting has been delayed in Whitfield.

Gamekeeper Stuart Maughan said the estate, while having some excellent broods of grouse, was not convince there was enough surplus stock to shoot on a regular basis.

“We only shoot the surplus birds, because we need to maintain a healthy breeding population on the moor,” Mr Maughan explained.

“We will be having a look at the grouse on a couple of days this week, but I do not think we will match last year, which was a superb season.”