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Conservation: how to avoid 2021’s corvid control trap

Dealing with common predators is a tricky issue under the system of general licences says Mike Swan in an article that first appeared in Shooting Times. With the season all but over, my mind as usual turns to planning for

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Great British Shooting Awards: Meet the Judges!

With just hours left to submit your trade nominations, we meet the judges for the 2021 Great British Shooting Awards You have until 23:59pm tonight to submit your trade nominations. To do so, just follow the link below: https://www.futureevents.uk/gbsa-nominations/begin Sam

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Stuart Farr discusses crowdfunding’s impact on shooting

Stuart Farr investigates a potent weapon of the campaigner’s arsenal, crowd funding, and asks if its use could create further legal dilemmas down the line. It perhaps goes without saying the shooting industry has been the subject of an unprecedented

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BASC responds to publication of new General Licences for England

BASC is advising members that Defra has today published three new general licences for the shooting and trapping of certain birds in England. The new general licences, which come into effect on 1 January 2021, provide the legal basis for

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Underfunded countryside at risk

Rise in litter other issues is a result of underfunding, according to campaigners. An unprecedented rise in litter, damaging fires and ‘fly-camping’ across the English countryside is partly a result of the government spending less than £2,000 a year over

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CORONAVIRUS: Advice on shooting activities in England

BASC and other rural organisations have updated their advice for shooting, work on shoots and pest control in England following the government’s latest changes to the regulations for fighting Covid-19.  We must stress that these changes have been made in

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George Eustice named new DEFRA Secretary

In the latest cabinet reshuffle, George Eustice MP has been named as the new environment secretary. He replaces the outgoing Theresa Villiers as the head of DEFRA. BASC says the appointment of George Eustice MP signals the arrival of a

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General licences in England extended

Defra have extended the temporary general licences in England until the end of July. BASC have said that this gives a “window of certainty to the rural community.” BASC say that they “will continue to work with Defra and parliamentarians

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Calls To Review Gamebird Guidance

BASC is preparing to engage in a Defra review on the way in which the release of gamebirds on or near protected sites in England is managed following a proposed legal challenge. Defra has said this will not result in

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Countryside issues matter to Labour, BASC rural reception told

Shadow DEFRA minister David Drew MP told a rural reception at Labour’s autumn conference that uncertainty caused by Brexit risks damaging the British countryside.Speaking at the reception hosted by BASC and the Angling Trust at the conference in Brighton, he

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