The Awards will be held on 17 November in the famous Purdey Long Room in Audley House, Mayfair, where Gold, Silver and Bronze conservation awards will be announced following a summer of judging.

He said: ?I was honoured to be approached to present this year?s Awards. The Purdey Awards do a great deal to heighten the awareness of the crucial link between our sport and conservation.?

Spencer grew up on a mixed farm in Kent and was given his first gun at the age of 13, leading him to develop a small family and friends shoot some years later.

He is a long-standing member of the Countryside Alliance, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Country Landowners Association and BASC.

He hit the headlines earlier this year when he shot his first deer in a film made with the Countryside Alliance and the online Fieldsports Channel.

Richard Purdey said: ?Phil has a terrific knowledge of shooting and conservation and we are very pleased he has accepted our invitation. We welcome his enthusiasm?.