The crowds at The CLA Game Fair braved heatwave conditions and blazing skies to head to the annual festival of fieldsports, held at Ragley Hall, in Warwickshire.

Around 129,000 people attended the fair over the three days — fewer than the 148,500 who made the last Game Fair in 2011 the second highest attended ever, but considerably more than went to 2012’s cancelled event! Among the crowds at this year’s fair were DEFRA secretary of state Owen Paterson MP and the environment minister Richard Benyon MP, who came to show the Government’s backing for the countryside.

Central to this year’s fair was the launch of the GWCT’s Campaign for Game, which aims to encourage individual shoots to increase the wildlife benefits of their game management activities. The launch was supported by a lively debate featuring, among others, Martin Harper, RSPB’s director of conservation.

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

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