We asked for your views
Gamebird shooting inspires passions on both sides of the debate. As a science-led organisation, the RSPB has based the outcome of this review on the direct evidence of impacts, but it was also very important for us to hear many different viewpoints on the issue, particularly from our members.
In early 2020, surveys were sent out online to a representative sample of RSPB members and to staff and volunteers. Many different organisations and groups with an interest in nature conservation, animal welfare, land management and the shooting industry were also given the opportunity to have their say.
The response was:
- 5265 RSPB members sent in full survey responses
- 2,847 RSPB staff and volunteers sent in survey responses
- 663 additional comments were received
- 60 individuals involved in shooting took part through confidential conversations
- 23 separate organisations also sent responses
The views expressed reflected different values, motivations and long-held positions. RSPB members, staff and volunteers were clearly knowledgeable about the issues, and broadly supported the reasons for the review. 14% expressed a desire for some sort of ban on shooting. The views expressed by the organisations ranged from those who valued shooting, through to those who considered it unnecessary and harmful. The consultation responses helped us to agree seven conservation principles for gamebird shooting and associated land management.