Following last week’s announcement of the manner in which coastal access will be implemented in England (News, 31 March), BASC has reinforced the fact that shooting interests will have to be considered in detail before any decision can be taken on the creation of new access rights.

The advice from shooting interests to Natural England during the consultation process on coastal access legislation has resulted in detailed consideration of shooting as an activity covering wildfowling, gameshooting, deerstalking, target shooting and pest and predator control. It also includes shooting as a conservation land management interest covering saltmarsh, grazing marsh, woodlands, crops, wild deer and gamebird management.

BASC’s Conor O’Gorman said: “In the past two years BASC has represented shooters at every coastal access stakeholder meeting, workshop and consultation response. That time and effort has paid to support shooting interests during local implementation.”

The rest of this article appears in 7th April issue of Shooting Times.

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