A recent report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on the value of ?nature tourism? to Scotland has been criticised for failing to acknowledge the contribution made by wildlife managers. The survey states that fieldsports generate £136million. It also states that ?wildlife tourism?, which includes birdwatching, and guided walks, brings in £127million and that adventure activities, such as mountain biking and canoeing are worth £178million. All ?nature? together generates £1.4billion.
However, Alex Hogg of the Scottish Gamekeepers? Association claimed that the figures do not take account of the work done by stalkers, gillies and keepers to preserve Scottish landscapes.
The rest of this article appears in 27th October issue of Shooting Times.
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