Sir, Animal right activists may oppose pheasant shooting on a farm run by Reading University (University halts game shoots after animal rights campaign - Nov 15) but perhaps they might pause to consider the rights of farmland birds. On our farm in Leicestershire, we demonstrated that a well-run shoot can increase the abundance and breeding success of several bird species including, blackbird, song thrush, dunnock, whitethroat, chaffinch and yellowhammer. When we looked at thirty-four farms nearby, we found that those with shoots had 30% more farmland birds. As the State of Nature report makes clear we need to do more, rather than less, to help our wildlife thrive again.
Director of communications at GWCT
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