The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) attended the workshop to make other delegates aware of the Green Shoots programme, which is an excellent example of how the shooting community is making a big difference for wetlands in the UK.

BASC head of biodiversity projects, Ian Danby, said: “During the workshop, it was recognised that legal and responsible hunting was an appropriate use of wetlands.”

“The shooting community manages significant chunks of designated coastal wetland in addition to extensive tracts of inland marshes and water features which have no legal protection. We have an important role to play when developing UK wetland strategies.”