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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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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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