The start of the grouse shooting season has gone with a whimper rather than a bang, conservation chiefs said.
Saturday - the Glorious 12th - was the beginning of the season when thousands traditionally take to the moors, but huntsmen will have plenty to complain about.
Last year, shooting in northern England was largely cancelled after the most dramatic population crash of the moorland bird in half a century.
Parasitic worms in the gut of the grouse reduced the number of chicks and caused the death of thousands of birds.
In Scotland, bad weather and tick infestations led to shoots in many areas being severely curtailed or called off.
Despite some improvements this year, the situation was still "a very mixed bag" and not much shooting would take place, said the Game Conservancy Trust (GCT).