Barry Gardiner, the new shadow minister for the natural environment, has outlined some of the opposition’s plans for the future of wildlife policy. Speaking at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) All Party Parliamentary Group, Mr Gardiner said: “We need to approach wildlife conservation at a landscape scale and with a whole ecosystem approach. This is important especially when some component parts of ecosystems are missing, for example where monocultures have been created.”

The GWCT’s director of communications, Tom Oliver, welcomed the opposition’s review of wildlife policy: “This is an excellent opportunity to establish common ground among all those who are concerned for our wildlife. Farmers, gamekeepers, conservationists and the general public all care for our wild species. We need to recognise that there will be different motivations for conserving wildlife, and that commitment from all quarters will be vital if we are to succeed in helping many of our wild species recover.”

The rest of this article appears in the 31st July issue of Shooting Times.

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