DEFRA minister David Heath has acknowledged the economic and environmental benefits of fieldsports at a rural reception held by BASC and the Angling Trust at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow.

Mr Heath said: “I recently visited a local shoot in my constituency that illustrated the economic value of shooting. I was pleased to see not just the employment opportunities created by the shoot itself but also the investment it encouraged in the local area. This putting back into the local economy is wholly good for the rural community and environment.”

The rest of this article appears in the 25th September issue of Shooting Times.

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