We believe that the incident on Astley Moss, on the Wigan/Salford border is not the first time the shooters have been on the reserve.
Reserve Officer Martyn Walker said: “I was on Astley Moss with a team from the Trust, undertaking health and safety work in Rindle Woods. As we got out from the vehicles we started to hear lots of gun shots and shouting coming from the moss.
“I went over to look and there was an organised shoot heading over the moss towards the woods. They were strung out in a line walking through the moss with dogs and beaters. I shouted for them to stop and asked them to leave. They walked away off the moss, but would not answer any questions regarding which shoot they represented.
“They had an obvious disregard for being on a private reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and appeared unconcerned they had been spotted.”