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Cartridge companies say lead phase-out by 2025 is “impossible”

The UK’s four biggest cartridge-loading companies want to put the brakes on the five-year plan to phase out lead shot for live-quarry shooting, which nine rural organisations put their names to last Monday. Eley Hawk, Gamebore, Hull Cartridge and Lyalvale

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Shooting and rural organisations call for transition away from lead ammunition

Leading shooting and rural organisations have today announced they want an end to the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting within five years. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), British Game

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General licences in England extended

Defra have extended the temporary general licences in England until the end of July. BASC have said that this gives a “window of certainty to the rural community.” BASC say that they “will continue to work with Defra and parliamentarians

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North York Moors economy benefits from good grouse season

There were over 6,500 days of seasonal employment provided in the North York Moors during the grouse season. The local North York Moors community is reflecting on what has been a successful grouse season (Aug 12 –Dec 10), with most estates having

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BASC: Wild Justice must not be allowed to close down our countryside

BASC has accused Wild Justice of trying to close down the Welsh countryside after the group threatened another legal challenge to the licensing system for the control of wild birds. Wild Justice has written to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) requesting

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Raptor persecution must stop now, says BASC chairman

BASC’s chairman has delivered a clear warning of the impact of raptor persecution in an end of season address. Eoghan Cameron said the illegal killing of birds of prey continues to “rear its ugly head” and that those committing such

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Werritty report brings uncertainty

A government-led review of grouse moor management stopped short of recommending a ban on driven grouse shooting – but rural groups warn it could still lead to ‘seismic’ change for grouse moors in Scotland.  The Werritty Review, which has now

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Will new government look after shooting?

The UK has a new majority government – and BASC is already hard at work in Westminster ensuring that the value of shooting is recognised by the new parliament. The Conservative Party, typically viewed as the major party most sympathetic

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BREAKING: BASC condemns Liverpool’s “woeful” rejection of BSS event

Liverpool City Council’s public attack on shooting, which led to the Liverpool Exhibition Centre terminating its contract for a British Shooting Show event in September 2020, has been labelled “woeful”, “unfair” and “misinformed” by BASC, the UK’s largest shooting association. BASC

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Rural voters want change from next Prime Minister

A major survey of rural voters on the Conservative Party leadership contest has revealed deep frustration in rural areas. Over 3,000 people took part in the online survey between 7-17 June. This has been the only national survey of rural opinion on

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