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Chances and challenges in 2019

Leading policy-makers in the field sports world are warning that 2019 could be a tough year for shooters, with the ever- existent threat of further legal restrictions compounded by Brexit

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Spotlight on… wild boar

Editor-in-chief Peter Carr considers the wild boar’s successful re-establishment in the UK and the various methods of controlling the species

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Hen harrier management plan is working

There’s been an upturn in the fortunes of hen harriers – they’ve had their most successful breeding season in England for over a decade.

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Hen Harrier Campaign

Shooting organisations have joined forces to demand government action to save the hen harrier, which is on the brink of extinction in England, despite strong populations elsewhere. BASC, CLA, CA, GWCT, NGO and the Moorland Association issued a joint statement

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LAG to advise against lead

A letter from the chairman of the Lead Ammunition Group to DEFRA secretary of state Liz Truss has confirmed the anti-lead conclusion of the group’s final report – and provoked heavy criticism from shooting organisations and individuals alike. John Swift’s

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Vegan anti is new shadow secretary for rural affairs

Kerry McCarthy, the Labour MP for Bristol East, has been appointed shadow secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by Jeremy Corbyn. Ms McCarthy is a vegan, a Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sports and has

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DEFRA gamebird code supported by new research

DEFRA-funded research into the use of raised laying units was published today (24 July), and supports the existing DEFRA Code for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, used by the British gamebird industry. The research shows that the

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‘Second report’ crushes LAG credibility

The Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) has come under yet closer scrutiny, as ex-members team up to deliver an alternative report to DEFRA. Members of the group who resigned from the LAG in protest at its “abuses of process” have submitted their own report to DEFRA,

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Austria abandons fight against lead shot

The Austrian government is apparently abandoning research into the phasing-out of lead ammunition

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Untapped rural potential costs £350bn

Rural areas could add another £350bn a year to the economy if more policies supported rural economic development, according to a report from Defra. About 28 per cent of England’s businesses are rural, but they contribute just 19 per cent of total economic output and have

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