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Conor O'Gorman

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    Policy Development Manager for BASC.<br />Enjoy pigeon shooting, wildfowling and fly-fishing.

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  1. Update below: Wild Justice ‘would not have been successful’, Judge says Shooting organisations have reacted positively to the publication of court papers that suggest Wild Justice’s Judicial Review on releasing gamebirds near to designated sites would not have been successful if heard. As interested parties, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Game Farmers’ Association and National Gamekeepers Organisation worked together to ensure Wild Justice were unsuccessful in their request to have a stop notice placed on all gamebird releases up to 5
  2. Click on the link below for a BASC update on the consultation. https://basc.org.uk/home-office-consultation/
  3. Glad it helps and please do share widely. Since the first lockdown in March we have been widely advertising our web hub at https://basc.org.uk/coronavirus/ for latest updates so if people are commenting on social media in last few days about what the latest changes in NI mean for shooting they have hopefully checked our website before commenting.
  4. BASC's advice for Northern Ireland, as of 27 November, is below. Keep up to date with latest updates at https://basc.org.uk/coronavirus/ A two week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown is in effect in Northern Ireland from 00:01 GMT Friday 27 November until 23:59 on Thursday 10 December. BASC’s interpretation of the guidance and regulations for shooting is as follows: Indoor and outdoor sports are not permitted, other than at elite level. This means that indoor and outdoor recreational shooting activities are not permitted because recreational shooting is classed as sport under the Covid-
  5. BASC update below: The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) are gearing up to respond to the Government’s firearms safety consultation to ensure the future of sustainable shooting and firearms ownership. The Home Office consultation, launched today (24th November), deals with several areas of interest including miniature rifle ranges, large calibre rifles, air guns and ammunition. In detail the consultation asks for responses on: What level of enhanced security would sufficiently reduce the risk of high muzzle energy rifles (.50 calibre rifles) being st
  6. BASC responds to return of shooting on December 2 BASC is advising members that all outdoor shooting activities, including driven game shooting and other types of group shooting, can resume in England from Wednesday, December 2. This follows an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of his ‘Winter Plan’ for dealing with Covid 19. He said that organised outdoor sports and physical activity can resume in England, regardless of the tiered system which he plans to introduce on December 2. The details of those tiers are expected to be released on Thursday and will then be voted
  7. BASC comment on this policy development: Antique firearms law change will bring clarity, says BASC BASC is advising members that the government will lay regulations in parliament that will define ‘antique firearm’ in law. This is confirmed in the government’s response to a consultation that BASC fed into on proposals for implementing legislation to define antique firearms. Key features will be: specifying 1 September 1939 as the cut-off date of manufacture after which a firearm cannot be considered as antique. Seven cartridges will be removed from the definition.
  8. BASC responds to publication of new General Licences BASC is advising members that Defra has today published three new general licences for the shooting and trapping of certain birds. The new general licences, which come into effect on 1 January 2021, provide the legal basis for the control of certain birds such as crows and woodpigeon for reasons such as conservation, protecting public health and safety and to prevent damage to crops and livestock. The publication of the new licences follows lobbying of ministers and MPs by BASC after the current system of licensing became subj
  9. Defra has published the general licences for the shooting and trapping of pest birds that come into effect on 1 January 2021. Conservation general licence GL40 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-kill-or-take-for-conservation-purposes-gl34/valid-from-1-january-2021-general-licence-gl40-to-take-or-kill-certain-species-of-wild-birds-to-conserve-endangered-wild-birds-or-flora-and-fauna Public health and safety general licence GL41 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-kill-or-take-for-public-health-or-safety-gl35/valid-from-1-janu
  10. If you forward me the email you sent to BASC to conor.ogorman@basc.org.uk I will do my best to advise either this evening or over the weekend.
  11. Some FAQs from BASC here: https://basc.org.uk/game-bird-releasing-faqs/ Following the announcement that Defra has concluded its review into releasing game birds on and around protected sites BASC has issued the following FAQs. What is Defra’s position?Subject to a consultation Defra intends to introduce a new interim licensing regime for the 2021 releases of common pheasant and red-legged partridge within European protected sites and a 500m buffer zone around these sites. This will enable them to rule out the possibility of any adverse effect on protected sites while gathering more
  12. Latest information from BASC as follows: New national lockdown restrictions for England from 5 November – 2 December. BASC is clarifying with government the detail of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions due to take effect in England from 5 November to 2 December and what this means for shooting. The underpinning legislation has not yet been published and will be subject to a parliamentary vote on Wednesday. This makes it difficult to provide definitive answers in the short term. It is likely that essential bird and mammal pest control to protect crops or livestock will be pe
  13. BASC's website will be updated tomorrow and in the days to come as details emerge from government on what will be legally permitted and what will be advisory. A web-link to the initial government guidance is below and this is being continuously updated: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
  14. Shooting organisations have responded with scepticism to Defra’s proposal to implement a licensing system for gamebird release in and around European protected sites, even after Wild Justice have indicated their intention to withdraw their judicial review. With no prior consultation with BASC, Countryside Alliance, National Gamekeepers Organisation or the Game Farmers’ Association – who were all interested parties in the case – Defra has announced its intention to introduce an interim licensing system. The system will encompass the release of pheasant and red-legged partridge in and withi
  15. BASC updated its advice for England yesterday as follows: A new three-tier system of Coronavirus restrictions is being introduced in England from 14 October onwards. The local COVID Alert Levels ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ will be implemented in different areas depending on local infection rates. All COVID alert levels – ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ It remains lawful to participate in all outdoor shooting activities in ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ alert areas as long as COVID-19 regulations are complied with. It is also lawful to travel into, within and out of these
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