The RSPB has denied that its funding of a new survey of grouse shooters is designed to fit in with an anti-driven shooting agenda. The survey, which is being carried out by researchers at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Stirling, asks shooters whether they would prefer to see more availability of driven or walked-up shooting, to help understand the consequences of different shooting management styles for social, economic and ecological factors in the uplands.

Jeff Knott, species policy officer for the RSPB, told Shooting Times that the organisation was not against shooting, and that it only had a concern where there was a conservation problem.

He said: ?At the moment there is good evidence for a conservation problem for birds of prey on driven grouse moors. We?re interested in understanding that problem from every different angle possible. Everyone having the best available information can only be a good thing.?

The rest of this article appears in 24th August issue of Shooting Times.

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