The bulk of Britain's countryside is used for farming and forestry - only a very small fraction is managed as nature reserve. Therefore to increase biodiversity across the country we need to encourage conservation on a wide scale and integrate it with growing crops, rearing livestock and producing timber.
Managing game for shooting and fishing provides motive and money to diversify habitats, reduce pollution, supplement scarce food supplies, and control numbers of some common pests and predators. In this way farms, woodlands and rivers become better places for many plants and animals in addition to game species. This principle of sustainable use is enshrined in Articles 6 & 10 of the International Convention on Biological Diversity (1992).
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