Following several years of discussions and consultation 27 English marine conservation zones (MCZ) were designated on 21st November. Following representation from BASC ‘reference areas’ which could have banned wildfowling within were dropped from proposals for MCZs in England.
Greenland white-fronted geese have arrived back at the Dyfi estuary, their main wintering ground in Wales. Local wildfowlers first spotted the geese on the estuary on the 25th October. Since the 1970s wildfowling clubs on the estuary have been protecting the geese with an effective voluntary moratorium on shooting.
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.
BASC has corrected references which described shooting as a high threat to UK forests in a major report to the European Commission. The intention was to describe deer grazing, browsing and trampling as a significant problem, not shooting. BASC’s amendments were adopted and the UK report has been revised, submitted and published.
Water voles, which are in serious decline in many parts of Britain, have made a surprising comeback in Somerset and Dorset as shown in a major conservation survey by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
As national figures show a 22 per cent decline in water vole numbers, a new population has been found on the River Winniford in Dorset by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
The chair and chief executive from Natural England, the public body responsible for protecting and improving the natural environment BASC to discuss conservation programmes and explore opportunities for working together.
Ways to develop shooting’s contribution to conservation and the environment in Wales have been discussed at a meeting between Natural Resources Wales, the new environment body for Wales, and BASC.