Moorland grouse on the menu

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With the grouse season under way, game meat is getting a boost in Scotland.

The Lammermuirs Moorland Group, which comprises staff across all the estates in the region, is kicking off campaign to supply as many chefs as possible with game meat, in a bid to publicise the health benefits, taste and affordability of grouse and other Scottish game.

“Our group is about showing working life on the moors and, at this time of the year, all the estate workers are really busy round-the-clock getting ready for the grouse season,” said Helen Savage, co-ordinator of the Lammermuirs Moorland Group.

“It is exhausting work and what we really wanted to get was more people eating the grouse because it is all part of a bigger cycle, here. The gamekeepers provide good heather habitat and nesting opportunities for the wild birds all year round. If there is a large enough surplus to harvest, this brings people into the communities to shoot. This helps the area and the businesses and the fresh food is then eaten. The money is invested back into the moor and so it goes on.

“The more people get a chance to try the game produced, and the more chefs cook with it, the better.”

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