Living: Britain's Guns of August

Grouse darting on the wing and sizzling on the platter If you could throw a net over the Highlands in August," wrote English Commentator Horace Cox in 1872, "you could catch nine-tenths of the genius and glory of Great Britain." The reason for this grandiose concentration in Scotland is the wily, toothsome red grouse, Lagopus scoticus, which exists only in the wild state and only in the United Kingdom (particularly on the heathery moors of the north). The grouse season opens on the "Glorious Twelfth" of August and lasts until Dec. 10. For...

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