Shooting organisations are calling for all shooters to pull together to protect the General Licence in England.
Natural England has launched a wide-ranging consultation on possible alterations to the General Licence. It could result in changes to the species list and terms and conditions.
Quickly, the consultation caused alarm over what has become known as the “shoo before you shoot” condition – requiring pest controllers to have tried scaring and proofing before resorting to shooting.
BASC has called some of the suggestions “impractical” and says they could make crop protection more difficult. The organisation said it would make a full and robust response to the consultation, and called on its members to do the same.
Natural England has denied it is trying to tighten the requirements to shoot birds under the General Licence, instead saying it merely wants them clarified.
Visit http://bit.ly/GeneralLicence to read and respond to the consultation for yourself. It closes
on 19 May.