BASC has welcomed the latest round of Countryside Stewardship funding as good news for shooting.

Up to £720,000 will be made available to encourage farmers, foresters and other land managers to develop natural flood management projects on their land in areas hit by last winter’s flooding.

Tim Russell, BASC director of conservation, said: “Countryside Stewardship grants have been used extensively by shooting people to help improve habitats on farmland. This new fund to help natural flood management will not only benefit people at risk of flooding but also wildlife.

“The addition of more funding to support woodland creation is also important and I am sure that farmers with shoots will welcome this announcement.”

John Thornley, BASC vice chairman, said: “This news is reassuring for areas of the countryside which have suffered so much in recent times and we would urge farmers and land managers who need help to get their applications in as soon as possible.”

The fund opens on 3 January and farmers and land managers are encouraged to apply at:

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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