With less than 1 week to go until the start of the grouse season the keepers are concentrating their efforts on butt building and butt tidying.
Grouse butts are where the shooters (Guns) stand on a shoot day and each year they require a bit of titivation to make them look their best. Stone butts are probably the most common and their structures are checked before the topping is either strimmed and tidied or fully renewed. Turf is commonly used as the topping and fresh bilberry also adds a bit of colour. The area around the butts are then usually cut so it is easier to locate the shot birds on a shoot day and ensure that they are all found.