We have the latest round-up of stories from the UK’s biggest rural organisation, BASC.
As we move though week 6 of lockdown we are all in an unprecedented situation, one that none of us could possibly have foreseen. These are strange times but we should all focus on the fact that sooner or later this will be over, but in the meantime lets all try to look after ourselves, our families and our friends.
Like many of you, the BASC staff are working from home, and thank goodness for modern technology that helps us all keep in touch, as despite the lockdown, there are still many issues that BASC say they must focus on delivering for the benefits of shooting and conservation.
Those who want to restrict or stop what we do will not rest, even when the country is facing a crisis, they still persist in trying to attack shooting and all the conservation work that shooters do. Listed below are some of the main issues that we have been working on and more are in the pipeline.
BASC added: “May we take this opportunity for the continued support of our many members, we know this is a tough time but sooner or later we will all be back out shooting. It is not too far away, there is light at the end of the tunnel, be strong and be safe.”
But until then, here is a round-up of all the latest news coming from BASC.
BASC asks government to include shooting in Covid-19 planning
BASC has sought reassurances that government will consider the long-term future of shooting and its conservation benefits as it considers steps to relax the Covid-19 lockdown.
In a letter to Environment Secretary George Eustice, the UK’s largest shooting organisation has highlighted the importance of building confidence that game shooting, deer stalking and other countryside activities will be free of restrictions as soon as possible.
Read the full story here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-asks-government-to-include-shooting-in-covid-19-planning/
Cabinet Secretary provides reassurance over lack of support for sporting businesses
A senior Scottish Government minister has today assured sporting businesses that Covid-19 financial support will be made available in the near future following a concerted lobbying campaign by fieldsports organisations.
During a teleconference with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG), the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP made clear that sporting businesses had been ‘inadvertently excluded’ from much-needed support to contend with the pandemic.
Read the full story here: https://basc.org.uk/cabinet-secretary-provides-reassurance-over-lack-of-support-for-sporting-businesses/
BASC takes action to intervene in Welsh pest control challenge
BASC has made a formal application to court to become an interested party in Wild Justice’s judicial review challenging the general licences that have been issued by Natural Resources Wales.
Registering as an interested party will allow BASC to actively engage with the legal argument surrounding the Welsh general licences. BASC’s application explains how our members could be directly affected by any outcome of the proceedings, and as a broad membership association BASC has an important role to play in providing evidence to the court.
Read the full story here: https://basc.org.uk/basc-takes-action-to-intervene-in-welsh-pest-control-challenge/