Barry Atkinson,, with his English springer spaniel Spider, also called for shoots that they have still not visited to get in touch, as they attempt to raise £1million for the National Gamekeepers? Organisation Educational Trust and Cancer Research UK by beating on 1,000 different shoots.

Barry said: ?In the past nine seasons, I?ve driven more than 20,000 miles, and visited 930 different shoots ? just 70 short of our target total.?

?But the appeal still attracts wonderful support, and the fund-raising running total is now in excess of £350,000. Many thanks to all those who have made the much appreciated donations.?

Barry said that a highlight of the coming season would be a visit to the Red Grouse Restoration Project in Northern Ireland.

He said: ?This will strengthen our mission to establish the red grouse as the UK?s national bird. It is our only native bird, unique to the UK, and deserves to be recognised.?

For further information about Spider?s Appeal, or to include your shoot in Spider?s 1,000, tel Barry on 01636 636377, or visit www.spidersappeal.co.uk