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Ban on lead ammunition ruled out: BASC statement

Shotgun-Cartridges-and-Pheasant-190x300[1]BASC has welcomed the government’s decision not to ban the use of lead ammunition following consideration of the report by the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG).

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Click the links below to download information sheets on lead shot substitutes; steel shot and safety; and on cartridge patterning.

 

A3 lead campaign poster

Click the link below to download an A3 lead campaign poster

 

Restrictions on lead shot

Since Westminster signed the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) (November 1999) it is binding throughout the UK, but its implementation is a matter for the devolved governments. In England the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all foreshore, over specified SSSIs, and for the shooting of all ducks and geese, coot and moorhen – wherever they occur. The Welsh Assembly introduced similar regulations in September 2002. Scotland’s regulations came into force at the end of March 2005 and Northern Ireland came into force in September 2009.

England

In England the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all foreshore, over specified SSSIs, and for the shooting of all ducks and geese, coot and moorhen, wherever they occur. Click the links below for the English regulations.

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999

Wales

In Wales the lead shot regulations are based closely on the English approach. Click the link below for the Welsh regulations.

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Wales) Regulations 2002

Scotland

In Scotland the lead shot regulations are based around the RAMSAR definition of wetlands. Click the link below for the Scottish regulations.

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004

Click the link below for a practical guide on how the law works in Scotland.


Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland the lead shot regulations are based on the Scottish approach and prohibit the use of lead shot on or over any area of wetland for any shooting activity. Wetlands are defined as, regardless of size, any areas of foreshore, marsh, fen, peatland with standing water, regularly or seasonally flooded fields, and other water sources wheter they be natural or man-made, static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt. Click the link below for the Northern Ireland regulations.

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

Compliance with the lead shot regulations

All the UK’s major shooting organisations have come together in a campaign to combat the threat to lead ammunition. Their message is simple: if you want to keep lead, keep to the law.

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