- Water voles
- Red squirrels
- Pine marten
- Woodland connectivity
- SSSI work
- Invasive plants
- Green Shoots Mapping
Green Shoots in North Wales started in 2005 when BASC asked members living in North Wales to complete a survey of the wildlife on their shooting land. Back then this was done by completing a paper survey. This work has now been expanded nationwide into the Green Shoots Mapping project which enables members anywhere in the UK to map their shooting land through our online portal. We are encouraging all members to use it as a way of managing their shoot and recording the wildlife they see there.
In North Wales, we are working with a large range of conservation partners, some of whom provide funding, to offer members projects which achieve conservation targets while providing benefit to their shoots. Together we have achieved a great deal and gained a lot of support for shooting because of it.
If you’d like to join Green Shoots North Wales, or have moved/expanded shooting grounds, please use Green Shoots Mapping, BASC’s mapping system for members. Please also contact Hamish if you would like any more information about the projects and ways you can get involved.
Contact: 07970 226807 email
Green Shoots in North Wales project Annual Report 2013-2014 now available in the downloads section.
Congratulations to Mr M Ward of Bangor is y Coed, Wrexham who won a pair of 8 x 32 Bauer binoculars in the Green Shoots North Wales prize draw for the prompt return of his Annual Conservation Form.
Many thanks to all Green Shoots members who returned their information. The Annual Report will be published in the next few weeks.
Natural Resources Wales: Wales’ new public body has taken over the work of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), the Environment Agency for Wales (EAW) the Forestry Commission and some functions of the Welsh Government. Natural Resources Wales’ purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably managed, enhanced and used, now and in the future. CCW and EAW part-funded Green Shoots in North Wales and we are delighted that Natural Resources Wales will continue this funding.
The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Cymru: FWAG Cymru has been a central part of this project since the outset, helping BASC both achieve some of the conservation projects on shoots operating over farmland and building support for the project with farmers. FWAG Cymru was part of the FWAG UK but set up as separate entity in 2012.
We have developed trapping in a number of key areas but our primary focus is across the Llyn Peninsula up the Menai Straits. This area is selected for two reasons. Firstly there are still water voles that need protection from mink in this area and secondly, controlling mink on the peninsula and along the Menai Straits will stop mink getting on to Anglesey where there is a nationally important population of water voles.
Currently we have more than 100 rafts and traps being used by BASC members, fishermen and conservation partners across North Wales. This network of volunteers is culling over 100 mink per year and following habitat management advice to help water voles.
We need to develop the mink control network further so, if you have access to waterways across north Wales then please use the Contact tab to get in touch. BASC can provide training and loan rafts and traps for those volunteering. You can also download Mink control – Guidance from BASC to promote best practice from the download tab to read essential guidance.
We are working with the Red Squirrels Trust Wales and the Mammals In a Sustainable Environment project to encourage people to trap and dispatch grey squirrels, particularly concentrating on the areas surrounding the larger known populations of red squirrels on Anglesey, in Gwynedd near Bangor, in the Cynwyd/Corwen area and Clocaenog forest.
We need help to expand the network of people providing sightings of red and grey squirrels and getting involved in grey squirrel control. Your own back garden might be a suitable place for this project as well as any shooting land you may have. If you can help then use the Contact tab and get in touch.
After finding dormice for the first time in years in a wood in Denbighshire, checks at the end in 2012 and 2013 found both adult and young, so we hope that the population will continue to increase.
Our partners in the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the North Wales Wildlife Trust are keen to know where populations exist and are willing to help check boxes and provide conservation advice.
If you think you might have dormice on your shooting land then please use the Contact tab and get in touch.
To date we have recorded a tree-climbing otter in our hair tubes but a male pine marten was found killed on the road near Newtown, so they are definitely out there. If you think have seen a pine marten then use the Contact tab and get in touch.
Natural Resources Wales wants to increase links between woodlands and hedgerows, particularly next to water courses, to help meet targets on conservation and water quality. Funds are available to meet the cost of planting new woodlands and hedgerows. The map shows the areas where these funds can be spent.
Funding is also available from Cadwyn Clwyd (in Denbighshire and Flintshire), the Woodland Trust and the AoNBs for similar work.
If you would like to increase both the size and quality of woodland and hedgerow on your shooting land then use the Contact tab and get in touch. We have a lot of experience of working with shoots and the farmers and landowners they take their shooting from which means that conservation projects benefit all parties.
Therefore we are working with Natural Resources Wales and the RSPB on the upland SSSI called Mynydd Hiraethog in Denbighshire. The site is one of the most important for breeding waders in Wales. Although the habitat provides suitable breeding conditions for birds like curlew and lapwing, these species are not producing as many chicks as expected in certain areas. It has been suggested that predation could be responsible for this anomaly but there is currently no data on the level of predator control in the area.
Consequently BASC has been requesting information on predator control from landowners, tenants and people who shoot over the SSSI. Last year the data provided was mainly for fox control, with over 500 foxes shot. However there are still more people out there who could contribute information. Also there are areas where no control is taking place and these act as reservoirs for foxes to move out from.
One thing is clear: predator control needs to take place in a co-ordinated fashion at a landscape scale if it is to effectively reduce the impacts of predation across the SSSI.
Data will continue to be gathered, ideally using a bag return form similar those used by wildfowling clubs, in an effort to assess the level of effort being put in over certain areas in terms of man days and the number of predators killed as a result. This can then be better correlated against the main areas for which we have breeding data.
If you control predators on Mynydd Hiraethog or the land adjoining it, please use the Contact tab and get in touch. We need more information if we are to show the benefits of legal predator control for conservation.
Himalayan balsam is found mainly near water but spreads rapidly into adjacent woodlands. It affects native plants by shading them out and when it dies back, leaves the ground bare and vulnerable to erosion. It is easily removed by pulling or strimming.
Japanese knotweed is much more difficult to remove and so it is essential to tackle it as soon as it is noticed. Giant hogweed can be controlled by cutting but extreme care is needed as the sap is an irritant to skin and eyes.
We are working with partners to map where these three species of invasive plants are and then eradicate them.
If you have any of these species on your shooting land, please use the Contact tab to let us know. Alternatively you can record where you find these the plants by mapping it on our Green Shoots Mapping website, or, if you have a smartphone, using the new Plant Tracker app” which is available for Apple and Android phones.
For those of you who provided data on the paper survey maps back in 2006, thank you. You have helped protect the future of our sport. When you log into Green Shoots Mapping you will see the shoots you told us about in the paper survey already mapped and waiting for you. You can then amend the shoot boundary if you need to as well as update the record of species and habitats that use it.
Please use Green Shoots Mapping; you’ll be helping us protect and promote shooting while benefitting from being able to manage and monitor your land online.
Contact: 07970 226807 email
The animals they are actively seeking are:
1. American Mink 2. Polecat 3. Ferret 4. Polecat-ferret 5. Stoat 6. Weasel
For more information, contact Dr Dan Forman CBiol.MSB.EurProBiol. Swansea Ecology Research Team (SERT) Department of Biosciences College of Science Swansea University Singleton Park Swansea SA2 8PP U.K. Tel: (+44) 01792 295445