Shoot­ing is the pub­lic’s third favourite ac­tiv­ity in Na­tional Parks

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A re­cent Cam­paign for Na­tional Parks sur­vey has served to high­light the pub­lic’s sup­port of shoot­ing as a recre­ational ac­tiv­ity in Na­tional Parks, when it came in as the third favourite ac­tiv­ity out of a list of 23 cur­rently tak­ing place within the Parks.

Ear­lier in the year, the Cam­paign launched a mul­ti­ple choice sur­vey to de­ter­mine the pub­lic’s most and least favourite ac­tiv­i­ties within the Parks; shoot­ing came in third for those liv­ing and work­ing in a Na­tional Park, and sec­ond for those liv­ing and work­ing out­side a Na­tional Park.

This re­sult was in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially when the fact that shoot­ing was not listed in the mul­ti­ple choice ques­tion­naire is taken into ac­count; those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sur­vey had to write in the pas­time them­selves.

Liam Stokes, head of shoot­ing at the Coun­try­side Al­liance, said: “It is great that shoot­ing is so pop­u­lar within Na­tional Parks, both with res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, be­cause we know that wher­ever game shoot­ing is pop­u­lar it brings jobs, in­vest­ment, beau­ti­ful land­scapes and con­ser­va­tion ben­e­fits. Shoot­ing was sec­ond in pop­u­lar­ity to ‘walk­ing’ among vis­i­tors, and third to ‘walk­ing’ and ‘ob­serv­ing wildlife’ among res­i­dents. Of course, well­man­aged shoot­ing in the up­lands and low­lands in­creases the amount of wildlife to be seen, so shoot­ing is sup­port­ing the favourite ac­tiv­i­ties of those who shoot and those who don’t.

“We should also be de­lighted with the re­sponses to the ques­tion ‘what should be pre­vented in Na­tional Parks?’ Shoot­ing could be se­lected from a list of 14 op­tions, and came 12th. This shows that the non-shoot­ing pub­lic have no in­ter­est in at­tempts to see shoot­ing cur­tailed. Else­where in the sur­vey, peo­ple recorded the beau­ti­ful views as one of their favourite fea­tures of Na­tional Parks, which is un­sur­pris­ing given the breath­tak­ing up­land land­scapes shoot­ing sup­ports in so many of our ru­ral beauty spots. No won­der peo­ple don’t want to ban it.”

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