Orston Shooting Ground Introduces Winter Series

Since Dan and Emily took over Orston Shooting Ground 18 months ago, they have continually invested in the business to make improvements and put on new competitions and events, with a view to make it the best shooting ground in the East Midlands. Orston Shooting Ground offers eight clay shooting disciplines including the recently added simulated driven game shooting practice. The Game Arena consists of two high towers, grouse traps and a grouse/partridge flush. There are no cages and no need to shout ‘pull’ thus creating an even more realistic experience (pre-booking advisable). DTL and FITASC continue to be two of the top disciplines at Orston and therefore a Winter Series competition of both have been introduced; starting in November. DTL High Gun prize is a Browning Pro trap 32” and the top scoring shot from each CPSA class will be invited to shoot in the super final to win a Caesar Guerini Maxum Sporter. To qualify for both prizes, entrants must shoot a minimum of 5 out of the 6. About Orston Shooting Ground Orston Shooting Ground is based in rural Nottinghamshire, approximately 15 miles from Nottingham, 10 miles from Newark and 9 miles from Grantham, with good access from road and transport links including the A1, East Coast Mainline and East Midlands Airport. The site is across a 53 acres with extensive facilities including a modern club house, gun shop, fully licenced bar and catering facilities. Other facilities include practice and tuition for all abilities, 8 clay shooting disciplines regular competitions and events, disabled access and quality guns, ammunition, clothing and accessories from Orston Gun Shop. Contact: Emily Richards, Emily@orston.com, 01919 851181 / 07921 951477

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John Dillon 1936-2017

John Dillon was one of the founder members of Traeth Bach Wildfowlers Association and a member of the Mawddach Wildfowlers for many years. The family moved from Surrey to North Wales in 1970. In his early years, John did his national service, worked as a panel beater, mechanic and shepherd. He trained his own gundogs and was a breeder of spaniels and Labradors. He loved clay pigeon shooting and was a chairman of his local club. He did rough shooting, went on driven pheasant and partridge days, and had a special passion for duck and geese. He was a true wildfowler and conservationist; a self-taught gunsmith with hundreds of guns repaired as a dealer and gunsmith working from home. He will be sadly missed by his wife Mary, son Stephen, as well as family and his many friends.

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Petition calls for Sunday shooting of pest birds to be legalised in NI

BASC NI has recently launched a petition calling on the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) to amend General Licences to allow the shooting of pest birds on Sundays. Currently, the General Licences allow authorised persons to kill or take pest birds in order to conserve wild birds, preserve public health or public safety or prevent the spread of disease and serious damage to crops. It is legal to shoot pest birds in GB and in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) on a Sunday. However, it is illegal to kill or take pest birds in Northern Ireland on a Sunday as the General Licences do not apply on Sundays or at night. Our proposal, if implemented, will bring NI into line with the rest of the United Kingdom and the RoI. BASC’s petition has been placed with a number of firearms dealers throughout NI. We urge anyone with an interest in shooting and conservation to sign the petition which is held at the following firearms dealers’ premises: C A Anderson, Omagh Norman Harpur, Maguiresbridge Home, Field and Stream, Enniskillen River Mourne Guns and Tackle, Strabane Bridge Guns and Tackle, Strabane Smyth’s Country Sports, Coleraine H Burke and Son, Coleraine Outdoor and Country Sports, Coleraine Lavin Guns, Cloughmills Field and Stream, Moy Tannyoky Guns and Ammo, Poyntzpass Hollow Farm Shooting Ground, Comber Maryland Country Sports, Crossnagreevy, Belfast Fernvale Country Sports, Kells SL Sports, Ringsend, Garvagh TRG Glass, Ballymena C F Beattie, Ballycarry, Carrickfergus. Foymore Lodge, Portadown. Firefly, Newtownards. Country Sports, Newtownards.   BASC would like to thank John Wray, of the Facebook group Shooting NI, for initially raising this issue with us.

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Avian influenza update 06-12-2016

BASC is advising members that an avian influenza prevention zone has today been declared for England, Wales and Scotland. The zone covers the whole of England, Wales and Scotland and will remain in place for 30 days. The zone requires the immediate and compulsory housing of domestic chickens, hens, turkeys and ducks, or where this is not practical, their complete separation from contact with wild birds. For farmed geese, gamebirds and other captive birds, keepers should take practical steps to keep these birds separate from wild birds. BASC has sought the advice of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), who confirmed there is no ban on shooting. More details here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#prevention-zone https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu No cases have been reported or found in the UK. BASC will continue to monitor the situation and issue further updates. For guidance contact the Game and Deer team on 01244 573 019. Members can also sign up for automatic notifications of notifiable animal disease outbreaks in Great Britain by visiting: http://animalhealth.system-message.co.uk/AH_subscribe_index.php How to spot avian influenza (bird flu), what to do if you suspect it, and measures to prevent it. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu Members in Northern Ireland can find out more information at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/avian-influenza-ai

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Bird Flu strain found at poultry farm in Fife

The Scottish Government has confirmed its vets have found a strain of avian (H5) flu at a poultry farm near Dunfermline, Fife. Initial tests have suggested it is a “low pathogenic strain” but poultry farmers across Scotland are urged to be vigilant. Within the one-kilometre control zone, a range of controls are in place which include restrictions of the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure. There is also a restriction on bird gatherings. Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, said: "We have taken immediate action to contain this case as part of our robust procedure for dealing with avian flu.  "Evidence suggests this is a low severity form of the virus. However, we are taking action to ensure the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form.  "I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises."  There does not appear to be any major shooting interests within the one-kilometre control zone, but BASC advises gamekeepers and shoot managers in Fife to be vigilant. For further information on restrictions and to see the location of the control zone please see the following link: http://www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza

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Get involved in BASC water vole surveys

The UK’s largest shooting organisation, BASC, is out to help the water vole. A series of surveys to gauge the success of a project to help boost water vole numbers in North Wales will be held this summer. Water voles are in serious decline in many parts of Britain. The surveys will provide the benchmark for the future conservation of water voles in North Wales. The surveys have been organised by BASC and will be undertaken across North Wales as part of a three-year project, funded by Natural Resources Wales to tackle invasive non-native species including the American mink. BASC members are being asked to help with the surveys.

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