BASC has rejected the UK Woodland Assurance Standard’s (UKWAS) proposal to ban all lead ammunition under their assurance banner by 2023.

In responding to UKWAS’ consultation on its latest assurance standard revisions, BASC has called for the organisation as a minimum to remove any restrictions on lead bullets for smaller rifles and air rifles and sign up to the shooting organisations’ voluntary transition away from lead shot for live quarry shooting by 2025.

UKWAS is recognised by the Forestry Stewardship Council as the certification standard for sustainable forest management. It certifies 100 per cent of public sector woodland and 23 per cent of private sector woodlands.

Martin Edwards, head of deer management at BASC, said: “BASC is adamant that UKWAS’ proposed restrictions on all lead ammunition far outweigh their necessity and could impact legitimate shooting, such as wildlife management required under forestry standards.

“For smaller rifle calibres and air rifles there is still a lack of satisfactory alternatives. UKWAS’ proposal is impossible to meet and moving away from all lead bullets is wholly disproportionate with regard the relatively small quantity fired.

“Regarding proposed restrictions for shotgun ammunition, BASC has requested UKWAS commit to the shooting organisations’ voluntary transition away from lead shot and single-use plastics for live quarry shooting.

“The shooting community is committed to sustainability and our work on moving away from lead shot and single-use plastic is a prime example. UKWAS needs to recognise the progress and work with the shooting community.”

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