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BASC urges members: “Have your say on general licences”

BASC is urging members to take part in a 12 week public survey launched today by environment secretary Theresa Villiers as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra (the Department for Environment,

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Movers and shakers

We’re bringing you a round-up of the latest appointments for the shooting market Last month, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named Theresa Villiers as the new Environment Secretary, replacing Michael Gove in a DEFRA reshuffle.  Villiers is strongly pro-Brexit,

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General consensus

Pest birds are once again covered under a set of new general licences supplied by Defra; but how does the trade view the new legislation?  It appears progress has been made since Defra released three new general licenCes on 14

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Climate change: Stuart Farr looks at the bigger picture

Amid recent general licence frustrations, Brexit uncertainty and controversy at Downing Street, Stuart Farr warns that we should not lose sight of the things that truly matter. Can you imagine yourself for a moment standing on the planet Mars? Assume

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Stuart Farr takes a look at the new general licences

Stuart Farr turns ‘mythbuster’ to challenge the ongoing ramifications of changes to general licensing. As news reaches our shores that Australia’s beloved national symbol, the Koala, is now on the verge of being “functionally extinct”, one might be tempted to

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Treason and Plot

Remember, remember. The fifth of November marks the anniversary of the infamous gunpowder plot. The tale of sabotage is a cornerstone of British history; but not enough to deter the latest wave of demonstrators from their attempts to destroy another

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Harrier Boost On Moors

Hen Harriers and grouse shooting can co-exist – thats the message from the latest harrier breeding figures, which undermines antis’ claims that moors are a hotbed of illegal killing. Two years after the RSPB pulled out of supporting the six-point

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Badger culls to quadruple

A new DEFRA ruling will see a significant expansion in trial measures to control bovine tuberculosis

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UK will not ban lead, says insider

Insider sources have suggested that DEFRA is likely to rule in favour of lead shot and reject the Lead Ammunition Group’s calls for a phase-out of lead-based ammunition. No official response has been made to the LAG report, but the

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Oxford lead report “distorted”

The UK’s major shooting organisations have spoken out against a report published by the University of Oxford, which claims that 100,000 wetland birds are killed annually by lead poisoning and recommends a complete ban of all lead ammunition – with

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