There’s an article in today’s Observer featuring a proposal by the John Muir Trust that grouse-shooting (and deer) estates should be taxed for their carbon emissions to encourage them to minimise their management intensity.
It’s an interesting proposal for dealing with the critical issue of carbon emissions from muirburning and all its associated damage (e.g. habitat damage to blanket bog, increased flood risk, increased air pollution) but of course it doesn’t address all the other environmental horrors associated with driven grouse shooting, such as the illegal killing of birds of prey, the use of poisonous lead ammunition, the virtually unregulated mass distribution of a veterinary drug (via medicated grit) known to be an acutely toxic environmental contaminant, the virtually unregulated slaughter of hundreds of thousands of wild birds and mammals to ‘protect’ the stock of red grouse for shooting etc etc.
Still worth a read though.
The article can be read in full here