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Surveys and other research

Research projects may be conducted in-house, through specialist contractors, or in conjunction with other organisations.

Our recent projects and surveys include:

Briefing note on grouse shooting & moorland management


The personal value of shooting


Grouse shooting and management in the United Kingdom: its value and role in the provision of ecosystem services.

Research-White-Paper---Grouse-shooting-and-management-1Published: March 2015

This white paper looks at the positive conservation and socioeconomic contributions produced by grouse shooting and their role in supporting and improving the delivery of upland ecosystem services. It recommends support for the positive contribution grouse moor management makes to sustainably maintaining and improving upland ecosystem service provision, that stakeholders work together and engage in constructive dialogue, and that a joined-up approach be used by government, policymakers and public and private sectors to maximise benefits. It also warns of the dangers of unintended consequences to the balance of our moorland economies, ecosystems and communities from policy which is not evidence-based.


The Value of Shooting

Highlighting the economic, environmental and social benefits of shooting to the UK

TVOS2014_coversqrMain findings

In the UK today…

  • Shooters spend £2.5 billion each year on goods and services
  • Shooting supports the equivalent of 74,000 full time jobs
  • Shooting is worth £2 billion to the UK economy (GVA)
  • Shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area
  • There are 4 million (est) airgun owners – of which 1.6 m shoot live quarry
  • 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets
  • Shoot providers spend nearly £250 million a year on conservation
  • Shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation – that’s the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs
  • Two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting

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