BASC calls on regulators to broaden their horizons

BASC has launched a “White Paper” at this year’s CLA Game Fair, calling on national regulators to broaden their horizons when assessing the conservation status of specially protected sites. Currently regulators, such as Natural England, have to make an assessment of the conservation status of specially designated land such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). These sites are among the most valued for the habitats and wildlife they support. Many of these sites have traditionally been used for bird watching, fishing, wildfowling and other activities. BASC is calling on all regulators to broaden the criteria they use for determining if the conservation status is favourable or not. Chairman of BASC, Alan Jarrett said: “It’s not enough to limit yourself only to plants and birdlife when reaching a decision on conservation status. Across Europe regulators are turning to “ecosystem services” - the benefits that people as well as wildlife gain from these sites - when deciding their status. This is critical to determining their sustainable management.” “For example Article 2 of the Birds Directive states that “Member States shall ….maintain the population of species ….at a level which corresponds in particular to ecological, scientific and cultural requirements, while taking account of economic and recreational requirements…” “We will be seeking meetings with Natural England, other regulators and stakeholders to discuss our proposals as set out in the White Paper.” To view a copy of the White Paper click here

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BASC delivers police training on firearms and wildlife law
BASC's Duncan Thomas explains the use of a hopper for grey squirral control

BASC delivers police training on firearms and wildlife law

A training course designed to help improve police officers’ understanding of firearms and wildlife law has been successfully completed with the help of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), working with police wildlife and rural crime officers from Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies.

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Gamebore to sponsor BASC .410 World Championships 2014

Gamebore Cartridges has signed up to sponsor the BASC .410 World Championships, a clay-shooting competition using the smallest calibre shotgun in general use. The event attracts people from around the world and is organised by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

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