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  1. Hi Conor, Just wondering why the change in view from BASC (and admittedly possibly the other orgs) over the evidence submitted by the Oxford Lead Symposium? The email communication i’ve just found below from BASC in 2015 seem to support other posters’ concerns. What has changed? Regards BASC STATEMENT ON ATTACKS ON LEAD AMMUNITION In response to reports on the alleged risks presented by the Oxford Lead Symposium and reported by the BBC this morning, BASC has issued the following statement, which has been sent to all national media. The risks to wildlife and human health from lead ammunition alleged by speakers at the Oxford Lead Symposium, neither of whom have medical expertise, have been exaggerated and distorted by quoting selectively from research, according to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. Estimates from the Oxford Lead Symposium that between 50,000 and 100,000 waterfowl could be affected are so wide as to represent little more than guesswork and the report itself says that “more precise estimates cannot readily be made.” They are based on extrapolation and are not supported by hard evidence. Despite the worst estimates of bird mortality, there is no evidence of an impact at a population scale. The effects on human health are similarly distorted and the research appears to take no account of recent Swedish data that shows how properly processing game meat eliminates any contamination. The Food Standards Authority has already issued guidance on game meat consumption – similar to that for tuna and swordfish - to significantly reduce any risk. BASC chairman Alan Jarrett said: “The presence of a risk alone is no justification for a ban. Risks can be managed and reduced by taking the appropriate actions. BASC has seen nothing to justify extending existing regulations covering lead ammunition. Policymakers should be guided by reliable science, robust evidence and the principles of better regulation; none of these are present in the reports from the Oxford lead symposium. BASC will continue to work with its sister organisations on this important issue and will continue to insist on sound evidence and proper process. We will not let our guard drop.”
  2. Thanks for the responses all, much appreciated. CC via paypall, not using Friends and Family looked like the best option. However, i decided to step away as hadnt accounted for import fees at all, didnt even cross my mind. Although i couldnt find the exact rates due (likely VAT, duty and handling charges) they'd put the price well over what i was willing to pay, shame as they dont come up often. I probably could have driven over there for the same price 😂
  3. Hi all, i cant see any related threads so thought i'd ask here. Just like to get your thoughts on the best way to purchase an item sold privately not via ebay etc and the best method of payment to protect oneself, although i think it may be limited. So ive agreed a price on a nice exhaust system for the motorbike, seller is in Holland, advertised through a facebook group for this particular bike. Sale seems legit, plenty of correspondence, photos of the exhausts, including them being packaged/boxed. Am as confident as you can be it is legit. How would you go about paying though?! They're not cheap, so just wanna make sure im protecting myself as best i can. Is it best through paypal, using credit card etc. I and he suggested paypall friends and family, but understand this removes buyer protection. Does section 75 credit card purchases cover private, non-trader sales? How would you do it? Thanks
  4. Brilliant description. Also very much like to speaking to someone I know who is a ‘freeman of the land’ and is exactly how your head feels when he’s describing his belief system to you. Some of the stuff he comes out with!
  5. A quick google reveals 'stop the cull' facebook page showing the innocent badger website is up and running again but with .is suffix instead of .com. Not sure if names/addresses are still on there as i was on my phone, someone might want to check. The 'news' articles on it are truly shocking, many 'anonymous' reports from people openly harassing cull organisers, going into gardens, lightly veiled threats of 'we know where you live'/'see you again soon'. Unbelievable how this sort of thing can go on so openly.
  6. Hi Perazzishot, In what way does the longer shot string make a difference at extreme ranges, and assuming you mean it provides a benefit, how much of a benefit is it when compared with more typical ranges?
  7. Hi, not 100% yes but highly likely it will be Fantastic gesture from the keeper as we’ve been invited on a shoot tomorrow where we can meet them and see them “in action”, just waiting for final confirmation. Fingers crossed. Am guessing as soon as we see them, it’ll be a resounding yes! Appreciate all the responses, to answer a few points raised; I believe they have strong bloodlines with the elder being registered, so hopefully they’ve got it in them to do some picking up. I’m not after a FT champ or anything, just be nice for in the hide and the odd days beating/picking up. I don’t believe they have done any picking up before as he had another dog for that but don’t see it as a deal breaker, hopefully we should be alright, will be fun training, may just try with the younger one. Doesn’t sound like house training will be a problem with time and patience, same as picking up I guess. From what I’ve heard they are very nicely trained so hopefully stand us in good stead. Just need to hope they learn to see us/me as their new master as much as their current one. Mixture of nerves and excitement tonight, gradually turning more and more to excitement!
  8. I bought one of these after seeing your initial post, and am equally impressed for the price. Only complaint I have is it seems sensitive to low batteries where the infa red stops working at night. New batteries, it’s fine, but once the display shows 1/2 battery life it starts playing up, daytime filming remains ok though. Still lasts a good week or two before this happens. So good depending on how much you use it. If you’re struggling with the sd card, you can always use the cable which came with the camera and plug straight into the computer without removing the card. Does mean you have to take the camera(s) to the computer but might be easier than fiddling with them tiny cards
  9. We have the opportunity to re-home two springers, a mother and daughter aged about 7.5 and 2.5. They are a gamekeepers dogs and are well trained already as flushing dogs. Weve always said we’d like to get a dog one day, and now these have come up we need to decide if they’re right for us. Always thought we’d have a Labrador (though not set in stone) and just the one, so two springers is a bit of a curve ball to consider shall we say! Do like the thought of it though Two main things to consider at the moment are they are not house trained (they’d still be kept outside but would like them house trained) nor have either done any picking up, which is what I’d primarlily want in a gundog. What are people’s thoughts with house training and re-training for picking up given their ages and existing training? From what I’ve read house training both should be ok, as ever with patience? Could both be taught to pick up too, given they’re flushing dogs currently? I’m thinking yes but welcome thoughts and opinions from those more experienced, just want to make sure we’re as informed as we can be. Thanks
  10. Thanks for the input guys, will go meet a few and continue to read up
  11. How do people recommend selecting a financial adviser to ensure (as far as is possible) you end up with a 'goodun'? Obviously you can ask around friends/family, but just wondered if there are other things that can be checked or looked into before picking someone.
  12. Just to bump this thread and remind people that this concultation closes tonight at 11.45 and to get your responses in to Offensive.Weapons.Consultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/offensive-and-dangerous-weapons-new-legislation You may not own one of the affected rifles but if allowed to pass, it could be one of your firearms they come for next, not forgetting the knife proposals too
  13. A bluray player doesn't have to be expensive either if you go for a basic player, I paid 40 quid for my Samsung one last year from pcworld which I thought was fair. This didn't include a hdmi lead, which you will need.
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