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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. BASC's Green Shoots mapping and bag recording website provides both an excellent online mapping, wildlife recording and shooting diary and a simple way to enable members to assist us to protect and promote shooting and conservation. A number of new features have been added and of specific use to pigeon shooters is the inclusion of National Grid references to allow exact recording of events. For more information see: https://basc.org.uk/conservation/green-shoots-mapping/ For a presentation on the software and latest features see: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=104193
  2. You can find out if the proposals affect your shoot by visiting BASC's Green Shoots mapping website where you can view the boundaries of SACs and SPAs and a 500m buffer zone around these sites. See: https://greenshoots.basc.org.uk/ If your shoot might be affected visit the following webpage for more info and guidance on responding to the consultation. See: https://basc.org.uk/gamebird-releasing-consultation/
  3. The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is currently running a short, anonymous survey on your experience of using lead ammunition alternatives and any barriers you have found towards using non-lead ammunition. Please take part, sign up to the GWCT newsletter and support GWCT as a member. Click the link below to find out more and to have your say. https://www.gwct.org.uk/news/news/2021/march/shotgun-users-urged-to-share-their-views-on-the-alternatives-to-lead/
  4. If you work, shoot or are involved with shoots on designated sites please have your say on Defra's proposals before the consultation closes on 15 March. It is essential the shooting community’s views are heard loud and clear - we cannot stand by and allow shooting to be unfairly disadvantaged. Today, BASC has published guidance on how to respond so please visit the webpage below to have your say. https://basc.org.uk/gamebird-releasing-consultation/
  5. The consultation ends on 15 March, so if you release gamebirds on or near a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or Special Protection Area (SPA) in England please do make sure you have your say. It is important that Defra hears from as many people as possible about the impacts the proposals may have on shooting and conservation. BASC is planning to publish guidance and a special mapping tool on Wednesday 3 March to support anyone wishing to respond to the consultation here: https://basc.org.uk/gamebird-releasing-consultation/
  6. See link below for a joint update on the five-year transition towards sustainable ammunition by British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, British Game Alliance, Country Land and Business Association, Moorland Association, National Gamekeepers' Organisation, Scottish Land and Estates, and Game Farmers Association. The joint update includes statements from ammunition manufacturers. https://basc.org.uk/an-update-on-the-five-year-transition-towards-sustainable-ammunition/ See also link below for a blog by Matt Cross abo
  7. Defra consultation on a 2021 gamebird releasing general licence for European protected sites Defra is consulting on a proposed interim 2021 general licence for the release of common pheasants and red-legged partridges on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and within a 500m buffer zone around them in England. The consultation ends on 15 March. Background Information The consultation follows a Defra-led review into gamebird release, part of this review included an independent report which was join
  8. Following recent press coverage about the amount of lead found in sold pheasants, BASC has complained to the BBC and some national newspapers about the biased nature of their coverage. Quotes from BASC have been included in some articles but the overall portrayal of the shooting community has been unfair. Nine UK organisations stated their position in February 2020. That position is as follows: In consideration of wildlife, the environment and to ensure a market for the healthiest game products, at home and abroad, we wish to see an end to both lead and single-use plastics in am
  9. Eligible businesses include sporting agencies, land-based sporting businesses, sporting guides and fishing charter operators – all of which have experienced unprecedented hardship, disruption and financial loss as a result of the pandemic. Country sports is a significant contributor to the Scottish economy and is considered to be a distinct sector that is extremely valuable to local and rural communities. It is estimated that the value of country sports tourism to the Scottish economy is £200m per year, with 8,800 full-time equivalent jobs being supported by the sector. The £1M
  10. Hard hit country sports tourism businesses in Scotland are set to benefit from a £1M coronavirus fund following a concerted lobbying campaign by BASC and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group. For more information see: https://basc.org.uk/lifeline-1m-coronavirus-fund-announced-for-scotlands-country-sports-tourism-sector/ Also, BASC Scotland's public affairs manager, Ross Ewing, will explain all you need to know about the fund on the day it opens up to applications from impacted businesses in a BASC Live countryside workshop at 1pm on 24 February. Questions welcome and can be
  11. A survey undertaken by shooting organisations has shown nearly two-thirds of gamekeepers have experienced abuse and/or threats because of their occupation. This level of abuse wouldn’t be accepted in any other profession so why is it with gamekeepers? Read more about the study and BASC’s work to highlight the findings here: https://basc.org.uk/gamekeeper-survey-reports-alarming-increase-in-abuse/
  12. The Home Office online survey closes on 16 February 2021 so do make sure you have your say on at least this issue even if you have nothing to say on the other proposals. Please answer “strongly disagree” as your multiple choice answer to Q.6 in the survey. Click on link below to complete the 5 minutes survey: https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/243NXS/ Links below for info on how BASC has been working with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to raise wider awareness. https://basc.org.uk/rural-organisations-speak-out-over-proposal-to-
  13. The proposal to restrict the use of airguns for 14-17-year-olds does not appear to be evidence-led. The answer to the written question below, tabled by Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (chair of BASC’s Shooting and Conservation All Party Parliamentary Group), appears to confirm that the proposal is not evidence-led. Question: Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Conservative, The Cotswolds Commons. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many breaches of the law have occurred as a result of a person between the ages of 14 and 17 using an airgun unsupervised on pri
  14. Last week, EU regulations were published that are scheduled to ban lead shot in and around wetlands from February 2023 onwards. The regulations are unworkable and unenforceable and will make it illegal to use or carry lead shot within 100m of any wetland, whose broad definition will encompass everything from a puddle to a peatland. BASC worked closely with the Federation of European Hunting Associations (FACE) and colleagues across Europe to try to ensure that the European Commission’s proposals would be focused on reducing the risks of wetland birds ingesting lead shot. Most EU
  15. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has announced proposals for a near-total ban on the sale and use of lead ammunition for airguns, shotguns and rifles. For a BASC briefing on the proposals see: https://basc.org.uk/european-lead-ammunition-ban-proposed/ For a briefing by the European Federation of Hunting Associations (FACE) see: https://www.face.eu/2021/02/ban-on-lead-in-ammunition-proposed/
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