Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, considers the RSPB’s announcement today about its year-long review of shooting.
More than 1,000 individuals and shoots are now using BASC’s interactive online Green Shoots Mapping system which allows people to make bespoke maps of their shooting grounds and to record species and habitat information which feeds into BASC’s Green Shoots Programme.
BASC has published a paper entitled “Grouse moor licensing - assessment of proposal and summary of unintended consequences”.
BASC has published its first white paper “The role of societal impacts and ecosystem services in the definition of favourable conservation status”, which looks at how ecosystem services can be considered when designating and managing protected sites.
BASC advises all shoots that have a documented interest in land which could be compulsory acquired along the route of the high speed rail network (HS2) to instruct an expert land agent to represent them in compulsory purchase and compensation matters. If you follow the correct process the expert’s fees will be paid for you and your financial losses will be recovered. This briefing explains how to do this.
BASC has responded to a consultation that will be used to develop Natural Resources Wales strategic work over the next three years. BASC has proposed working with the public body to help promote healthy quarry populations and habitats and to encourage access to shooting opportunities in Wales.
BASC has responded to a Defra consultation on how the plastic bag charge in England will work, calling for funds to be used for conservation.
BASC has submitted ideas to the Welsh Government on how to make best use of a £6 million nature fund to help manage land and water to benefit nature, create new job opportunities and support communities in Wales.
The Bracken Control Group has secured an exemption from EU regulations to allow asulam to be sold and used in the UK in 2014.