Guest blogger and keen wildfowler, Gethin Jones, reviews Mary Cowell’s latest book Beak, Tooth and Claw – Living with Predators in Britain.
Pest and Predator control
A proposal to consider excluding the use of general licences over some areas of land in Scotland has been challenged by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). BASC is concerned that this could penalise innocent land managers and affect their livelihoods.
Please email Natural England with your views on proposals to radically change the English general licences – which give the authority for activities such as pigeon shooting. The consultation closes on the 19th May.
The 2014 general licences for Wales, which give legal authority for the control of pest bird species such as pigeons and crows, have been published by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) after technical problems delayed their publication by Natural Resources Wales.
Scottish Natural Heritage has made last minute changes to the Scottish general licenses that will take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC is challenging the process and one of the decisions.