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Nature reserves to remain state-owned

BASC has welcomed a Government statement that National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will remain in public ownership, despite DEFRA officials ?scoping a range of options?.

Wildfowling takes place on a number of NNRs, including iconic sites such as Lindisfarne. Part of the Wash is also an NNR, with local clubs providing voluntary wardens.

Mark Greenhough, wildfowling officer at BASC, said: ?The current arrangement of wildfowling on NNRs seems to work well, so a continuation of current permit schemes would be a good thing for wildfowlers.

?The alternative would be for NNRs to be released from public ownership. If that happened, we don?t know whose hands they would end up in ? it could pose problems if the wrong people took them over.?

The rest of this article appears in 16th February issue of Shooting Times.

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