The Glorious Twelfth

August 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm

For obvious reasons I would not normally celebrate the start of the Grouse shooting season but this year was different. The moorland I visited was National Trust owned and there is now no shooting allowed. In addition the heather this year was the best I have ever seen and with perfect weather all I needed was for the Grouse to perform! It took two visits, after early morning mist cleared, before I had good views of the Grouse on both rocks, fence-posts and in the superb heather.As a bonus a Wheatear posed on a post with a backdrop of purple heather – a seasonal