Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Value of Shooting

The Value of Shooting, a report into the economic, environmental and social contribution of shooting sport to the UK, was published on Sunday. This is an update of the previous report that was published eight years ago and the figures show that despite the economic woes in recent years, shooting continues to provide jobs, and benefits for tourism and conservation.

The findings in the report have been extracted from 16,234 responses to a questionnaire.  The main findings are:
  • Shooting accounts for a spend of £2.5 billion each year on goods and services 
  • Shooting is worth £2 billion to the UK economy (GVA) 
  • Shooting supports the equivalent of 74,000 full-time jobs 
  • Shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area 
  • Nearly two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting 
  • Shoot providers spend nearly £250 million a year on conservation 
  • At least 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets 
  • Existing industry information shows that there are at least 1.6m individuals who shoot live quarry with an airgun 
  • Shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation – the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs