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Conor O'Gorman

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  • Birthday 01/01/1974

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

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  1. To boost levels of interaction between MPs and the shooting community, BASC has launched a Parliamentary Campaign to Support Rural Britain. BASC is searching for gamekeepers, shoots, clubs, syndicates and trade members who are willing to showcase their sport and business to their local MP. If you are willing to assist us in this initiative please email politics@basc.org.uk See below for more information: https://basc.org.uk/new-initiative-seeks-to-enhance-interaction-between-parliamentarians-and-shooting/
  2. Shooting was not on the original list of exempted sports publicised last week. The list was amended to ensure shooting was included as an exempted activity after interventions by BASC, other organisations and MPs over the weekend. The old list was then taken down and a new list with shooting included replaced it on Monday 14th. The Government’s decision to allow shooting to continue in its current format in England was the right one. Like other team sports, shooting is able to operate under social distancing guidance, and its benefits to the rural economy and well-being makes its inclusi
  3. BASC has reviewed the local restrictions taking effect in the north east of England from Friday 18 September and we can confirm that these will not have any impact on shooting within the affected areas. Click here for more information: https://basc.org.uk/basc-reviews-additional-restrictions-which-come-into-effect-in-the-north-east-from-friday/
  4. Perhaps you could read the information in the links, given the opinions you are repeatedly posting on this thread. If you are still unsure happy to chat to explain further.
  5. Below are links to further insights on this policy issue that may help: https://basc.org.uk/shooting-exempt-and-tackling-hysteria/ https://basc.org.uk/basc-in-the-press/ https://www.fieldsportschannel.tv/newspapers-give-shooting-a-kicking-fieldsports-news-16-september-2020/
  6. More than 60 Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) have taken part in two COVID-secure training days with BASC and the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO) to bolster their understanding of wildlife management law and its practical application. The training days were put on free of charge to provide the officers with an overview of several subjects they are likely to encounter. Training focused on legislation, deer management, pest control and trapping. A further session also featured on rural crime including deer and hare poaching. WCOs in attendance came from Lancashire, Cheshire, Mers
  7. Shooting has been included in a government list of organised sport, fitness activity or licensed outdoor physical activity that you can safely and lawfully do in groups of more than six. That clarity is very important and the government listing for shooting links to the latest BASC advice and guidance. See 3.16 Can I still participate in sport and physical activity in groups of more than 6? on the webpage below. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
  8. The following BASC blog may help: https://basc.org.uk/shooting-exempt-and-tackling-hysteria/ See also BASC in the press here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-in-the-press/
  9. A specific COVID-19 document for game shoots in Northern Ireland has been published by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, BASC. The document follows a similar pattern to England, Scotland and Wales, and is aimed at advising game shoots on managing the risk posed by COVID-19. It provides a broad overview of the aspects of a shoot day that may present a risk and how they can be effectively managed. Tommy Mayne, Northern Ireland director, said: “The creation of this document will boost confidence that all actions are in line with government guidance and best practice. “Th
  10. Following correspondence with Defra, BASC has received assurances that next year’s general licences for England will be drafted by October and made public in November prior to being enacted on 1 January 2021. Defra has completed its analysis of its review and is currently consulting with Natural England before sharing its proposals with stakeholders. BASC will be working hard to ensure the licences are fit for purpose and future-proof. There is still concern that unnecessary red tape surrounding protected sites (for example SSSIs) will limit the ability of general licences to work ef
  11. Dan Reynolds, BASC's director of England, has been on BBC Two's BBC Politics live programme today talking about shooting being included on the list of exceptions of the 'rule of six'. Watch here (Dan Reynolds features at 8 mins): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000mmr6/politics-live-15092020 Click here for more background: https://basc.org.uk/shooting-exempt-and-tackling-hysteria/ Click here for press coverage quoting BASC on this issue: https://basc.org.uk/basc-in-the-press-news/ Click here to download the latest COVID secure guidance for game shoots
  12. The latest BASC advice is as follows: New government regulations came into force in England on 14 September restricting social gatherings to no more than six people both indoors and outdoors. However, after substantial work by BASC and other organisations with government ministers and pro-shooting MPs, shooting has been included in the activities that are exempt from the rule of six. Any outdoor physical activity which requires a licence issued by a public body for the activity itself, or for equipment used during the activity, will be exempt from the limits on numbers who may gathe
  13. Latest BASC advice as follows: New government regulations came into force in England on 14 September restricting social gatherings to no more than six people both indoors and outdoors. However, after substantial work by BASC and other organisations with government ministers and pro-shooting MPs, shooting has been included in the activities that are exempt from the rule of six. Any outdoor physical activity which requires a licence issued by a public body for the activity itself, or for equipment used during the activity, will be exempt from the limits on numbers who may gather toget
  14. The UK’s largest shooting organisation is calling on the Government to work with the shooting community to deliver on its 25-Year Environment Plan. BASC’s response to the Government’s tree strategy consultation centres on how the shooting community plays an integral role in all four strands of the strategy. The Government’s aims will be bolstered if they recognise the substantial influence and investment people who shoot put into woodland and tree creation and management. Expanding and connecting woodlands: Research indicates shooting manages 500,000ha of woodland and 100,000ha
  15. New COVID-19 guidance in Scotland will restrict social gatherings of more than six people both inside and outside from 14 September, similar to that in England. As long as shoots and shooting parties follow the government approved guidance for country sports in Scotland then such outdoor activity should continue as before. Obviously, there will be new restrictions on socialising before and after the shoot. There are no travel restrictions in place so visitors to Scotland should not be affected. See: https://basc.org.uk/basc-statement-scotland-covid-19-restriction-on-social-gathering
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