Scottish general licences should not be changed until 2015

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is proposing to make changes to the Scottish general licenses that would take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC recommends that no changes be made until 2015 due to the lateness of the consultation and the poorly developed proposals therein. The consultation closes on 18th November and a decision may not be announced until 15th December.

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Greenland white-fronted goose census published

The latest census data for the Greenland white-fronted goose has been published, based on counts made by wildfowlers and other birdwatchers at its wintering sites in Ireland and Britain. Birds were found at two sites in Wales.

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BASC responds to English CAP consultation

BASC's response to a Defra consultation has put shooting and conservation on the agenda in discussions about how the subsidies for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be spent in England.

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BASC responds to Welsh CAP consultation

A Welsh Government consultation has taken place on CAP implementation in Wales and BASC’s response’s to the consultation was submitted on 26th November.

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Decision made on English marine conservation zones

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.

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Greenland white-fronted geese return to Wales

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.

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Will CAP benefit shooting and conservation?

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.

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