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Grouse moor licensing

RSPB calls for grouse moor licensing

The RSPB has called for grouse moor licensing after withdrawing its support for the Government’s Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, claiming that the project has failed due to the continued illegal killing of the endangered birds. The Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan makes several recommendations to help restore the population…

Bob Braithwaite Olympic shooter

A national treasure – Olympic shooter Bob Braithwaite

John Robert (Bob) Braithwaite, sadly lost to us in February 2015, was a legendary trap shooter who represented his country at two consecutive Olympics in the 1960s. A true sporting hero and one of shooting’s great natural talents, his Olympic gold medal is one of the sport’s most romantic stories. Born in 1925, the purely amateur Shot had only…

Team GB shooters

Team GB shooters excel at 2016 FCSA World Championships

The Great Britain team of .50 calibre shooters excelled at the recent Fifty Calibre Shooters Association (FCSA) World Championships, gaining a total of nine trophies. More than 400 entries from over 10 different countries Held at the NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico from 30 June to 3 July, there…

Theresa May

Rural welcome for pro-shooting Theresa May

Theresa May rose to the position of PM after the surprise early departure of David Cameron last week and withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom, her rival for the Conservative Party leadership. BASC’s Christopher Graffius suggested that Mrs May’s move into 10 Downing Street would be a positive one for shooters: “Mrs May has always been…

lead ammunition

No ban on lead ammunition

In a letter dated 12 July to John Swift, the Chair of the Lead Ammunition Group, Liz Truss MP said their report “did not show that the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing current policy.” There will therefore be no ban on lead ammunition. BASC have…

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Shooters look to post-Brexit future

Shooting organisations have revealed how they believe Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will likely impact on shooters. The general consensus is that only time will tell, but there is speculation that Brexit spells good news for trapping, “contentious legislation” and firearms imports. BASC Scotland director Dr Colin Shedden…

young gamekeeping apprentice

Saving apprenticeships

Securing the future of gamekeeping apprentices is one of the most important things we can do for the future of shooting. We all know that the shooting we enjoy and the amazing conservation work it supports simply could not happen without gamekeepers, and gamekeepers could not do what they do without…

post-Brexit

Farming groups press DEFRA for clarification on post-Brexit policies

The National Farmer’s Union (NFU) and the CLA have set out what they believe is required to secure the immediate future of the UK rural economy post-Brexit. DEFRA secretary Elizabeth Truss has already stated that: “There will be no immediate changes — until we leave the EU current arrangements for farming…

Brexit

Rural groups highlight scope for new opportunities after Brexit

Rural businesses must work together to stay profitable and create opportunity as the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), say country groups. Around 52 per cent of voters opted to leave the EU in last Thursday’s referendum, prompting David Cameron to announce he will step down as Prime Minister before…

British countryside

BASC to fight global ban on lead ammunition

BASC is fighting plans by members of a global conservation organisation to impose a worldwide ban on lead. A motion tabled ahead of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) world congress demands that lead should be replaced with “non-toxic alternatives”. Any decision on Motion 090 would not immediately…

George Digweed shooting

World English Sporting Championships this week

As well as the headline Championship event, there will be the World Sportrap, FITASC Sporting Open, Prelim English Sporting and the Intercontinental Trophy, amongst others. Spectators are welcome to come along and watch. The shooting ground itself, which is located on the 40-acre West Wycombe Estate, comprises 150 clayshooting stands,…

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The best tweets and Instagrams from the Field & Country Fair

Cornbury Park provided a beautiful setting for the first Field & Country Fair. Had a great day so far at the @fieldandcountryfair2016 thanks to everyone who has come to see us #Fieldandcountryfair #GlenalmondTweed #harristweed A photo posted by Glenalmond Tweed Company (@glenalmondtweed) on Jun 10, 2016 at 8:52am PDT There…

Benefits of shooting

BASC chief executive on the benefits of shooting

Volunteers make things happen. From the ladies who run the Cub Scouts, to the committee that arranges the village gala, and to the shotgun coaches who give their time to inspire the next generation, volunteers are so often the fabric of our pastimes and our communities. Their contribution is so…

Anti-snaring film

LACS anti-snaring film is a “travesty”, say rural groups

Countryside organisations have united in their condemnation of the League Against Cruel Sports’ (LACS) new anti-snaring film, which has been described as misleading nonsense. Shooting Times revealed that BASC had reported LACS to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Charity Commission and the Independent Press Standards Organisation for the “scaremongering…

ravens

Ferocious ravens need controlling

Danny Bisset, Calling for Raven Control, writes: I appreciated from the start of this campaign that gaining support for the control of a protected bird species would not be easy. Calls for this motion are being met with scepticism over the raven attacks from those who profess to have knowledge…

Muirburn

“Muirburn could have prevented blaze on Howden Moor,” say keepers

Gamekeepers and countryside groups have stressed the importance of muirburn as a conservation tool, following the fire that destroyed more than 200 acres of heather moorland on the National Trust-owned Howden Moor in the Peak District National Park earlier this month. The fire was started by a disposable barbecue that…