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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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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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