Parks in the dark about shooting

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Shooting organisations are rushing to educate National Parks about the benefits of shooting – after the Campaign for National Parks launched a survey asking whether shooting should be banned inside park boundaries.

The CNP is marking its 80th anniversary by asking people how they use National Parks and how they think they should be managed.

The survey includes shooting in a section asking what they think should be banned. But shooting isn’t mentioned when people are asked what they enjoy doing.

A BASC spokesman said he was “left with the impression that they really didn’t understand the important role that shooting plays in National Parks.”

Shooting plays a vital role in the management of the countryside. It is involved in the management of two thirds of the UK’s rural land area, contributing 3.9 million days’ worth of conservation work each year –  the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs.

You can help tip the balance back in shooting’s favour by completing the survey yourself. Head online to www.cnp.org.uk now.

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