The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has joined forces with shooters from Northumberland, who have criticised the National Trust?s decision to ban the shooting of carrion crow on its local estates.

A spokesman told Shooting Times: ?It?s important for organisations such as the National Trust, which have influence over a large area of land, to make wildlife management decisions on the basis of the best available science. This does not seem to have been done in this case.?

According to the British Trust for Ornithology, the population of carrion crow in England has increased by 119 per cent since 1967.