The Earl of Home, BASC’s president, opened the event, saying: “We have the word conservation in our title and we therefore must do everything we can to ensure the survival of the right habitat so that all types of wildlife can continue to survive, and that doesn’t matter whether they’re game birds, fish, flora, fauna amphibians or insects.”

The Duke of Edinburgh has been BASC’s patron for 41 years, and he praised BASC for all that they have achieved, saying: “It’s not as if it’s just been one problem that can be tackled and solved just like that. Problems change every year.

“As the whole of the farming has changed, so the challenges to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation have also changed.

“There is no question in my mind that this organisation has done a huge amount for the conservation of nature and for keeping up the morale of people who like shooting and who like taking part in country sports, so all I can do is congratulate them again on having done so much wonderful work over the last hundred years and hope they’ll do even better in the future.”