Ten big shoots kill more birds than 3,000 smallest

The country’s ten biggest game shoots released 1.4 million birds for shooting last year — more than the smallest 3,000 shoots combined, analysis by The Times has found
calendar icon 19 January 2019
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Figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) show the expansion of Britain’s large commercial shooting operations, which are under scrutiny for how they use and dispose of the huge numbers of birds that are shot for sport.

The smallest 3,000 shoots released a combined total of 1.22 million game birds, including pheasants and partridges, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

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Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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