Marine conservation policy changes in Northern Ireland

BASC is reviewing draft guidance that will be used to create marine conservation zones (MCZ) in Northern Ireland over the next two years. A consultation on the guidance closes on 31st January. BASC welcomes any advice or comments people might have on the consultation.

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Shooting will help to fill Northern Ireland conservation funding gap

People who shoot will continue to manage land for conservation in Northern Ireland, helping to fill a gap in rural development funding. No funds from the EU single farm payment will be ring-fenced for rural development and conservation in NI after a court ruling.

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BASC discusses shooting at Stormont
Photo shows left to right: Martyn Howat, Paul Givan, Richard Ali and Tommy Mayne

BASC discusses shooting at Stormont

Significant issues affecting lawful shooting in Northern Ireland have been discussed with key politicians by the chairman and chief executive of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

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Age reduction for young shooters in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford is considering lowering the age at which young people can have supervised access to shotguns and airguns to 12 years. The change has NOT happened yet, as it will have to be agreed by the Justice Committee prior to implementation however BASC and others organisations believe that 10 years of age would be more appropriate as this is the age of criminal responsibility in NI.

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