Amendments to the Scottish Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill, which recently had its first reading, could include proposals to license shoots and to impose restrictions on the number of pheasants and partridges that shoots are permitted to release.
BASC Scotland?s Colin Shedden said: ?While there was discussion about the introduction of a shoot licence, I hope that we have been robust enough in pointing out the impracticality of this, given that it could affect 5,000 individual shoots in Scotland. We are pleased that the environment minister, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, has understood the arguments that we have put forward.?
Peter Peacock MSP?s proposal for shoot licensing is a response to recent cases of raptor persecution. A licence could be withdrawn were evidence of raptor persecution to be discovered on a particular shoot.
The rest of this article appears in 15th December issue of Shooting Times.
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