BASC has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on plastic bag charges.
BASC has responded to a consultation on draft regulations for a plastic bags charging scheme in Scotland.
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.
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.