Sir, Reminiscing about the past can be fun but Duncan Heenan (letter, June 15) should remember that game shooting is now more popular and accessible than before; because it has embraced change. Where conservation best practice is being followed, wildlife is also enjoying this new golden era. Our scientific studies found 30% more songbirds on farms with shoots; woodland managed for pheasants had a similar increase. With a comprehensive RSPB review, also concluding “the positive effects of habitat management are likely to result in a positive net conservation impact”, the future for both game and our wildlife remains bright.
Director of communications GWCT