The RSPB has been looking carefully at the issues surrounding intensively-managed gamebird shooting. After a review of all of the evidence, we urgently want to see new regulation and better enforcement of existing laws for the most intensive forms of gamebird shooting in the UK which, if breached, would result in sanctions, including losing the right to shoot. Namely driven grouse shooting, and the practice of releasing tens of millions of non-native pheasants and Red-legged Partridges into the countryside each year.
We propose the introduction of a system of licensing for driven grouse shooting. This would set minimum environmental standards which, if breached, would result in losing the right to shoot. At the AGM in October 2020, we committed to make an annual assessment of progress toward achieving our objective and to further review our position within 5 years. Failure to deliver effective reform will result in the RSPB calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting.
We also propose the introduction of a system of licencing for the release and shooting of non-native gamebirds with mandatory reporting of movement and releases, unless a plan for substantial environmental improvements can be delivered within the next 18 months.
We are also asking for unsustainable practices to end, and for damaged land to be restored and managed in a manner that benefits wildlife and people.