Nearly £1m will flow into Angus households from the grouse shooting season, say newly released figures.
A poll by the Angus Glens Moorland Group highlights shooting’s benefits for five glens located in the most sparsely populated part of the Angus region, with this western edge reliant on hill farming and rural sports income.
From six of seven estates who supplied salary information, the wages paid out to staff from gamekeepers to chefs to admin workers totalled £989,972.
Full-time jobs created by grouse shooting totalled 57 across the estates, topped off by 512 beating staff.
Lianne MacLennan, co-ordinator of the Angus Glens Moorland Group, said: “We talk regularly about how much revolves around the grouse season but we only really had vague ideas about how the season impacts on things like household incomes and budgets. The figures we managed to gather give us a much better idea of what it means for people who live here, although we haven’t taken into account the further impacts the visitors have on the local trades and small businesses in the nearby villages.”