In recognition of his tireless conservation and educational work across the North of England, Duncan Thomas has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Great British Shooting Awards.

As Northern regional director at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) for seven years, Duncan’s work across the region has been significant. His drive to promote and protect shooting for future generations has made him a leader and inspiration within the community.

On accepting the award, Duncan said: “I am unbelievably honoured and delighted to be receiving this wonderful award, however credit must go to my amazing colleagues and volunteer network that has help implement such a successful number of schemes.

“It has been a privilege to play a small part in BASC’s Young Shots initiative, seeing more and more individuals join the shooting community and enjoy the countryside and nature’s harvest is a joy.

“Shooting and conservation go hand in hand, BASC’s conservation schemes in the North of England allow us to showcase that to the masses. Whether it is the thousands of bird boxes put up over the last year, the incredibly successful nesting platform scheme for Ospreys in the Lakes or the Let’s Learn Moor educational days.

“It’s vitally important to get youngsters involved in conservation and the outdoors, and shooting sports provide countless opportunities. I am very proud of the award, it is a big team effort.”