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    Pigeon Shooting, Beating, Airgunning, Reading, Rugby (union) Cricket

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  1. BASC welcome Scottish Government’s route out of lockdown The publication of the Scottish Government’s roadmap through and out of the Covid-19 crisis is ‘a welcome step’, according to the UK’s largest shooting organisation. The document’s publication preceded a statement by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, in which she described the four phase route out of lockdown. The phased approach makes specific reference to outdoor activities, travelling and running a business among other considerations. Phase one of the road map is due to commence on the 28th May, at which point ‘non-contact outdoor activities in the local area’ will be permitted. This means that recreational deer stalking, pigeon shooting and angling will be able to take place provided they take place locally – defined as ‘broadly within five miles’ – and in a solitary manner. In phase three, individuals will be able to travel outside of their local area. Essential shooting activity for the protection of livestock and foodstuffs will be able to take place as it has done over the course of lockdown. BASC are continuing to advise members undertaking such essential activity to ensure they have written permission from the landowner or tenant and a request for assistance to deal with serious damage BASC Scotland Director, Dr Colin Shedden, said: “The publication of the Scottish Government’s roadmap today is a welcome step which will shortly allow members to resume some recreational outdoor activities, such as deer stalking, pigeon shooting and angling. This will be subject to activities taking place on one’s own and in the participant’s local area. “We advise members to follow advice from the Scottish Government in full, and only resume these activities when the country officially progresses to phase one. It is expected that this will take place on the 28th May, but this will depend on the virus’ reproductive rate. “Yesterday we discussed appropriate precautions for all country sports, including game shooting, with the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP. BASC will continue to work with the Scottish Government to help them produce guidance that will ensure that all country sports will be able to take place safely in time.” The Scottish Government’s roadmap can be found here.
  2. NB this is England only at the mo, as soon as we have news on the other countries we will post
  3. National police chief gives clear guidance on shooting under lock-down Deputy Chief Constable Dave Orford, the national lead on firearms licensing, has provided clarity on shooting under the current Covid-19 guidance following concerns raised by BASC, other shooting organisations and police forces. DCC Orford says he has clarified the position with government and he will give clear instructions to individual constabularies that shooting can take place under the current regulations as long as social distancing guidelines are adhered to. He said: “When considering outdoor shooting, police should view it in the same way they would for golf and fishing.” “My guidance to forces is clear; any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including shooting ranges, can now reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with related public health guidance. My advice extends to outdoor pest control and deer management, on the proviso that they are doing so in line with guidance and within the law. “I’m really grateful to the shooting community for their support and forbearance through these times. I would ask that do their utmost to follow the coronavirus guidelines on activities and the management of locations.” Dr Conor O’Gorman, head of campaigns and policy at BASC, said: “This advice sets out a clear marker for police forces to follow and it should clarify some of the confusion that has been evident in the last week or so. Shooting is back open for business as long as people follow the sensible social distancing guidelines laid down by government.”
  4. European white-fronted goose remains on the quarry list after BASC intervention Post Author:The Greenland white-fronted goose had been originally removed following a complaint to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) that England and Wales were not protecting the species from hunting, despite a successful moratorium by wildfowling clubs. Some groups called for the removal of the European white-fronted goose as well due to their near identical features. However, following BASC’s evidence-led consultation response, the decision has now formally been taken that only the Greenland race will be removed. BASC’s response recommended the retention of the European race as quarry because of their robust population level, the general spatial separation of the two species across England and Wales and the successful moratorium for the Greenland race over the years. https://basc.org.uk/european-white-fronted-goose-remains-on-the-quarry-list-after-basc-intervention/
  5. Bit more background here: https://basc.org.uk/important-changes-to-stoat-trapping/
  6. I do not appreciate being called naïve when all I am doing to trying to help, as always when I do my best it soon descends into people taking pot shots at me / BASC simply because I am giving you the answers but its simply not the answer you want! We can do not more than keep lobbying on your behalf, and if that's not good enough, well what can I say. I will leave it there and simply reiterate that updates will be on the BASC web site
  7. At the end of the day, if this were tested it would ultimately be in a Court, a lawyers view beforehand is not going to make much difference. The key issue is to get a consistent and pragmatic view of essential business travel etc accepted by the enforcing bodies, as I said updates will be on the BASC website and the FAQ's on the webpage here: https://basc.org.uk/coronavirus/ are being updated as and when we get more information.
  8. Yes we are seeking further clarification No we have not asked for a separate legal view, not sure what they would achieve, when we have been given guidance by Defra in relation to the UK Gov rules. Yes you are covered by the BASC insurance, as you always have been, when shooting legally David
  9. Its not possible for BASC to give specific advice, simply because its not BASC that is making the rues, all we can do is report back what DEFRA have said and based our general advice on that. As and when anything changes we will of course let everyone know.
  10. AFTER consulting Defra, BASC has updated its advice for conducting essential pest control during the Coronavirus restrictions imposed by government: In line with the Prime Minister’s statement, when making a decision on whether or not to conduct essential wildlife management you should consider: Is the landowner, or person responsible for giving permission, happy for you to be on the land in the current crisis? Can you maintain effective social distancing? Is the management involved absolutely essential? Is there a risk that your activities could result in the emergency services being called out? For example, someone reporting shots being fired. Should you inform the local police in advance that you are going out? If you do, secure the reference number for the call. Everyone’s circumstances are different so individual decisions will have to be made, although the onus will be on remaining off the land. So-called ‘recreational shooting’ or taking clients shooting are ruled out at present. Be aware that you should be able to stand up your decision if you are challenged by the enforcement authorities or you risk a fine and may put your certificate at risk. BASC has published a number of FAQs around Coronavirus and shooting. These are on the dedicated Coronavirus page on our website.
  11. I have started a separate thread re update from DEFRA
  12. Details of calls, emails, letters are on members records, is there something you would like me to look into for you?
  13. Same type of post Same type of comments Nothing to do with this thread Same old same old....
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