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October 2019

Monday, 28 October 2019

Important update - Review of policy on game bird shooting and land management by RSPB

I want to personally make you aware of an important announcement made at our AGM this Saturday by Kevin Cox, Chair of RSPB Council.
In summary, Kevin announced our intention to review our policy on game bird shooting and associated land management informed by the views of our members and other stakeholders.
We aim to complete the review before the next AGM in 2020. This may seem like a long time but we want to engage people in the right way and ensure we have the best available evidence to guide us.
We are carrying out this review in response to growing concern from the public, including our membership, about the environmental impact (including for carbon, water and biodiversity) of intensive forms of game bird shooting and associated land management practices. This includes both driven grouse moor management (which involves shooting our native red grouse) and large scale release of non-native game birds, primarily pheasants and red-legged partridges, now in excess of 40 million birds annually.
As we carry out the review, we'll be informed by the views of our members and other stakeholders and there will of course be an opportunity for you to contribute your views. We are still developing the plan and the exact details of the process we'll be following and we'll keep you updated as the project progresses.
For more information, please read my blog here and I will update regularly via this route on what is happening. You can also watch a video from myself explaining more about this here.
If you have any questions email the project team via and we'll get back to you.

With best wishes,


Martin Harper
Director, Global Conservation

Sunday, 13 October 2019

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