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…

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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,…

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 post shared 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…

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…

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Essex Police to cut licensing backlog

The changes come as a meeting was held this week, chaired by Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matt Horne and attended by BASC, the National Farmers’ Union and the Countryside Alliance, to discuss a rise in complaints about the force’s performance. Gary Ashton, BASC’s director of firearms operations, said: “The delays experienced…

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Police commissioners declare their support for shooting

More than half of the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for England and Wales have declare their support for shooting. Their backing for the sport comes in response to a direct approach by members of BASC and others who lobbied candidates via a campaign website launched prior to…

Policing rural crime

Policing rural crime in Kent

As the UK’s gateway to Europe where freight movements average 10,000 each day along one of the country’s largest motorway networks and some 34 million passengers pass through the county each year, Kent Police are subject to some unique policing problems. The county is challenged by transient crime, smuggling, the…

Matt Clark

Meet Matt Clark – Sporting Gun’s new Editor

Matt says: “I’m very lucky to have a job that combines my professional skills with my passion. Working on a magazine that I grew up reading is a tremendous privilege and I know many shooters would give their eyeteeth for this job.” Matt started shooting airguns when he was eight…

Postcode lottery

Quality of licensing service is a “postcode lottery”, says CA

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has said the quality of service a legal gun owner is likely to receive is a “real postcode lottery”. Following a Freedom of information (FOI) request, the CA said it found “staggering regional disparities” to the number of Section 7 permits issued over the past five years. Section…

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EU tables more “irrelevant” Firearms Directive proposals

Shooting organisations have expressed concern that further “draconian” amendments to the EU Firearms Directive have been tabled by the European Council, despite a number of MEPs already agreeing that existing proposals are “rushed” and “irrelevant”. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following the terrorist attacks in…

The Queen at 90: Our Queen of the countryside

The Queen once said that if she had not become Queen she would have liked to be a lady living in the country with lots of horses and dogs. As we celebrate the Queen at 90, we have found ten reasons why the Queen is a true champion of country sports…

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Cost-cutting gamekeepers risk their drives, say experts

The company this month warned that, rather than poor weather conditions, it is keepers cutting corners with inadequate cultivation, inferior seed, too little fertiliser and poor pest control that are the biggest threat to shoots, which may be jeopardised by high crop recovery costs and lost birds. Chris Bright, managing…