Driven-grouse shooting has long been cherished by its devotees as one of the most exciting experiences offered by the British uplands.
To countryfolk the sight and sound of red grouse flying high over the heather moors in full flower are all part of a deep rural tradition. To its opponents, however, driven shooting, with its associated practices of moor burn and intensive predator control, which can spill over into the issue of illegal raptor persecution, the business is long past its sell-by date. There is no better place than Buxton, surrounded on all sides by grouse moors, to hold this important debate. Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE is one of our best-loved naturalists and owner of the Aigas Field Centre. Tom Orde-Powlett MC is the owner of Bolton Castle Estate.