The Scottish Government has this morning published the long-awaited Werritty Review on grouse moor management.
You can download it here: Werritty Review_Nov2019
The key recommendation is that the panel unanimously recommends a licensing scheme for shooting grouse in Scotland but inexplicably suggests a five-year moratorium of this measure to allow the grouse shooting industry to get its act together – a last chance saloon, if you like. Industry figures will be familiar with this saloon – they’ve been quaffing free champagne in there for decades.
On a first skim of the executive summary, this proposed delay has no justification other than to appease the grouse-shooting reps on the supposedly ‘independent’ panel.
As far as we’re concerned another five-year delay is totally unacceptable. If the panel has accepted the need for reform, which it has, unanimously, then reform needs to begin now.
So far, the Scottish Government has not published its response to Werritty’s report. [See update at foot of blog]
Much more analysis on this to come….
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: encouraging response from Environment Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Eagles at risk after landowning lobby delays licensing of grouse shooting (article in The Ferret, here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: response from RSPB Scotland (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: grouse shooting industry predicts ‘rural Armageddon’ (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Raptor slaughter will continue following “washout” grouse shooting report (article in Third Force News here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Scottish grouse moor owners face mandatory licensing (article in Guardian here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: Revive Coalition responds (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: Scottish Raptor Study Group responds (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: response from OneKind (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: Scottish Greens slam it as a ‘weak washout’ (here)
UPDATE 19 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: Scottish Wildlife Trust urges action ‘without unnecessary delay’ (here)
UPDATE 20 Dec 2019: Werritty – a long wait for not very much (Mark Avery’s blog here)
UPDATE 20 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says early licensing is ‘a serious consideration’ (here)
UPDATE 21 Dec 2019: Werritty Review: a surprising response from GWCT (here)
UPDATE 21 Dec 2019: BBC interviews Professor Alan Werritty (here)
UPDATE 2 Jan 2020: No, Magnus, the Werritty Review does not threaten gamekeepers’ jobs, wildlife crime does (here)
UPDATE 19 Jan 2020: Professor Werritty to give evidence to Environment Committee on grouse moor reform (here)
UPDATE 12 Feb 2020: How much did the Werritty review cost & why is it so difficult to find out? (here)
UPDATE 19 May 2020: Full cost of Werritty Review finally revealed (here)
UPDATE 14 August 2020: Cross-party political pressure on Scottish Government to respond to Werritty Review on grouse moor licensing (here)
UPDATE 18 November 2020: Werritty Review – one year on & still waiting for Scottish Government response (here)