Be clear on plastic bags

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is calling for transparency on proposed plastic bag charges in England. BASC has called for money raised from the sale of plastic bags to be spent on landscape-scale conservation projects and for the way the money is spent to be clear for all to see. The Association has proposed three themes to underpin the selection process. These are: (a) looking after England’s nature (b) landscape scale action and ecosystem services (c) supporting sustainable food production BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali said: “BASC believes that proposed plastic bag charges in England could encourage funds to be spent on the core, but underfunded, conservation priorities highlighted under the Natural Environment White Paper and the England Biodiversity Strategy. BASC’s Green Shoots programme meets these priorities.” BASC submitted evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry on plastic bag charges, which said the Government should set clear rules for transparent reporting and for retailers to publicise in store where the funds are going. Click here for BASC’s evidence.  

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Take time to report on your sport for the future

An email survey asking for information on shooting will be sent to a random sample of BASC members in the coming days. Information collected from this survey will help to inform a major report on the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting in all its forms in the UK.

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Stormont all-party group on country sports elects new chairman.
Tommy Mayne

Stormont all-party group on country sports elects new chairman.

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s all-party group on country sports (APG) elected Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kinahan as its new chairman at the group’s recent annual general meeting. The all-party group was established in January 2013 with assistance from BASC NI. Over the past twelve months the group’s main focus has been on firearms licensing issues. These include delays in processing applications, the implementation of the Police Service Northern Ireland’s (PSNI’s) firearms dealer’s security specification and a proposed increase in licensing fees. The all-party group has also taken a keen interest in how the PSNI Firearms and Explosives Branch interact with the main stakeholder organisations. Speaking after his election, Mr. Kinahan said “I am delighted to have been elected Chair of the APG and I very much look forward to working with BASC, the Gun Trade Guild NI and other representative organisations to help develop, foster and promote country sports in Northern Ireland.” BASC NI provides the secretariat for the group. Speaking after the AGM, BASC NI director Tommy Mayne said; “Danny Kinahan will be an excellent chairman, he is a very keen shooter who also enjoys many other aspects of country sports. BASC has worked closely with him in the past and we look forward to working with Danny and the APG throughout 2014, to give all involved in country sports in Northern Ireland a voice in the heart of the NI Assembly.” The all-party group has among its members the chairs of the Committee for Justice, the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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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 steps in to publish 2014 general licences for Wales

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.

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