The ‘Glorious 12th’ of August is the official start of game season in the UK, beginning with a very British species of bird, the grouse. Heather is 90 percent of the grouse’s diet and therefore they are found on the 1,250 heather moors of Britain, usually in Scotland and Yorkshire but also in Northumberland. Grouse have been hunted in the UK for over 200 years, originally by royalty and aristocracy. In recent years, the sport has become popular with chefs wanting to get in touch with the source of their food. The majority of the grouse shot are red grouse; other species include black grouse and ptarmigan however these birds are verging on endangered and should not be shot.