TEENAGER Aaron Christiansen has created an app for reporting poaching as part of Project Poacher, a new national campaign to combat wildlife crime.
A brace of pheasants was presented to the Defra Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss MP, at the Houses of Parliament as part of Great British Game Week 2015.
"Shooting’s contribution to conservation can sometimes be conveniently overlooked, but it is significant."
A range of online information resources for people to use as a PR toolkit to highlight the value of shooting and its role in the UK has been published by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
BASC’s Geri Buckley has been become British Air Pistol Champion 2015. Geri, who is BASC England’s North East regional officer, beat off stiff competition at the British Airgun Championships at Bisley. International pistol shooter Geri, won the Ladies (over 21) Air Pistol category in the National Small-bore Rifle Association’s competition. She said: “British Champion is a great title to have under my belt, especially leading into the European Championships next week. I’ve won the British junior championships several times and getting a senior title has been a big personal goal. Whatever your world ranking, being national champion is an unbeatable feeling.” Geri is the British record holder in the 25m Sport Pistol final. She is also a keen game shot and rough shooter, who accompanied her father wildfowling from an early age. She was captain of her university rifle club. For more information please call the BASC press office on 01244 573052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali has addressed the national conference on uplands management, emphasising the UK’s unique uplands and the important role wildlife management and shooting will continue to play in their future. He said not only was shooting a part of the heritage of the uplands; it is part of its innovative future.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is proposing to make changes to the Scottish general licenses that would take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC recommends that no changes be made until 2015 due to the lateness of the consultation and the poorly developed proposals therein. The consultation closes on 18th November and a decision may not be announced until 15th December.
BASC will help put shooting and conservation on the agenda in discussions on how the subsidies for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be spent across the UK. The implementation of CAP could provide direct financial support for shooting as an activity as well as indirectly through financing the creation of habitats.