BASC has pledged to work constructively with the newly elected Scottish Government on all matters pertaining to the environment and rural affairs. The announcement comes following the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish Parliament elections.
The SNP won 64 of the 129 seats at Holyrood – just one short of an outright majority – meaning they will be reliant on support from other parties to pass legislation. The other pro-independence party, the Scottish Greens, returned eight MSPs and will likely partner with the SNP in some sort of minority administration.
The 2021-2026 session of the Scottish Parliament is likely to have a significant bearing on shooting, after the SNP committed to licensing driven grouse shooting and modernising deer management legislation in their manifesto.
We will approach these intentions in good faith, and will work hard to ensure ideas and concerns from BASC members are communicated clearly and robustly.
Key environmental and rural issues that we will look to work with the Scottish Government on over the next five years are:
Read our Scottish Manifesto for Sustainable Shooting in full here.