BASC has responded to a consultation on how marine conservation zones (MCZ) will be created and managed in Northern Ireland over the next two years. The consultation was issued by the Department of Environment and ended on 31st January 2014.
BASC is reviewing draft guidance that will be used to create marine conservation zones (MCZ) in Northern Ireland over the next two years.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.
Wildfowlers are recording vital information on Greenland white-fronted geese at the birds’ main wintering ground on the Dyfi estuary in Mid Wales.
The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) has granted a loan of £50,000 to Westmorland Wildfowlers’ Association (W.W.A) towards the purchase of 27 acres of land at Tarneybank Tarn near Killington, Cumbria.
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.
Wildfowling clubs have secured shooting on 12,500 acres of foreshore with help from the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).