The former first class cricketer is a passionate game shot and fisherman. Here he shares what he enjoys most about shooting and fishing, what changes he'd make at the RSPB and why the You Forgot the Birds campaign still has much work to do

Ian Botham is part of a new campaign claiming the RSPB is misleading donors on spending
What do you enjoy most about it and do you have a favourite type of shooting?

I was lucky enough to spend my childhood 
in Somerset, which is a very beautiful county, and then in Yorkshire, so it probably doesn’t get better than that in terms of fantastic countryside. It’s about getting out there and spending a few quality hours surrounded by nature. I take my dog and I don’t really mind what shooting I’m doing whether I’m walking-up, sitting in a hide for pigeon, in a field of beans decoying, or on a driven day. If pushed, my favourites are probably grouse or high pheasant. Then 
I also enjoy deer stalking and helping with the cull; I’m very fond of venison.

  1. 1. How and when did you get into shooting?
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  3. 3. What dog do you have?
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  5. 5. If you ran the RSPB what changes would you make to the organisation?
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  7. 7. What is your favourite game to eat and how do you like it cooked?
  8. 8. You enjoy fishing too; tell us a bit about what you have done.
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