Sustainability, biodiversity and country sports

An account of how management for country sports in the past has contributed to the British landscape and benefits biodiversity today.

Year of Publication2005

The sustainable use of game species can contribute to the conservation of biological diversity, but there is a lack of understanding as to how this works in practice. Management for country sports (hunting, shooting and fishing) has made an historic contribution to landscape still evident today. More recently, research has shown that management of the countryside for the conservation of game species can benefit other species including farm and woodland birds through the provision of food sources, nesting sites and shelter. It has also helped protect the countryside from the impact of postwar agricultural policy which maximised and intensified production. Conservation measures designed for game species are now included in agri-environment schemes because of their benefit to other wildlife.

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Working for the future of farming and rural life.


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