New evidence has emerged of the National Trust?s restrictive attitude towards shooting, a week after a leading member of the organisation stated that the trust ?understands the importance of countryside traditions?.

A syndicate has told Shooting Times that the trust had placed ?utterly ridiculous? constraints on it, including stopping members from shooting corvids such as carrion crows and magpies. A syndicate member who wished to remain anonymous, said: ?I got quite cross. They sent up a ?wildlife conservation officer? from Wiltshire who explained that carrion crows were among the many species which were declining across Europe.

?When you have someone like that, allegedly quoting science, it?s very difficult to argue with them. My reaction was that there doesn?t seem to be any shortage here.? Though the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species says carrion crows are declining over Europe, it also says ?the population size is extremely large?.

The latest figures from the British Trust for Ornithology indicate a significant increase in abundance in the UK over recent years. The shooter continued: ?I understand if it?s a migratory bird, when if there are thousands fewer in Scandinavia that might have a bearing on us, but carrion crows stay here and don?t go anywhere. I can?t believe that what is happening in France, Hungary or wherever will make any difference to our own stocks.

The rest of this article appears in 2nd March issue of Shooting Times.

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