The Economic and Environmental Impact of Sporting Shooting
A report prepared by PACEC on behalf of The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Country Land and Business Association, and Countryside Alliance and in association with Game Conservancy Trust

Overall aims

“to assess the economic and environmental contribution of
sporting shooting to the UK”

In view of the perceived economic and environmental importance of sporting shooting, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Country Land and Business Association and the Countryside Alliance, in consultation with the Game Conservancy Trust, joined together to commission Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) to provide an independent assessment of the economic and environmental contribution of shooting to the UK.

The main objectives of this study are to:

  • define the key components of shooting and their associated interests
  • assess the economic contribution of the sector to the UK economy
  • identify the conservation and habitat management activities arising from live quarry shooting
  • evaluate the environmental benefits and costs associated with shooting

Main Findings:

  • 480,000 people shoot live quarry
  • Shooting supports the equivalent of 70,000 full-time jobs
  • Shooters spend £2 billion each year on goods and services
  • Shooting is worth £1.6 billion to the UK economy
  • Shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area
  • Two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting
  • Shoot providers spend £250 million a year on conservation
  • Shooters spend 2.7 million work days on conservation - the equivalent of 12,000 full-time jobs

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The British Association for Shooting and Conservation  The Country Land and Business Association  The Countryside Alliance