“It is not designed to be provocative, it is just supposed to be interesting,” the RSPB’s director of conservation, Dr Mark Avery, told Shooting Times magazine.

“Many people wrongly think that the RSPB is against fieldsports and legal predator control. Shooters and conservationists actually have a lot in common,” he added.

According to the RSPB, the message had been received well by Game Fair visitors and prompted a lot of discussion on the stand.

BASC’s Christopher Graffius said he welcomed the RSPB’s presence at the Game Fair: “Shooters and conservationists go hand in hand. It is encouraging to see that the RSPB is trying to engage with shooters more.”

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