Fowlers urged to take part in Nat­u­ral Eng­land re­view

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BASC is call­ing on mem­bers to take part in Nat­u­ral Eng­land’s Wild­fowl­ing Guid­ance Re­view.

The con­sul­ta­tion is cur­rently live on­line at po.st/ fowl­ing­con­sul­ta­tion and is seek­ing views on pro­posed changes to the as­sess­ment and con­sent­ing process on the shoot­ing of ducks and geese within pro­tected ar­eas in Eng­land. The stated aim is to make the process of wild­fowl­ing con­sents more straight­for­ward, trans­par­ent and re­flec­tive of the im­pact and na­ture of wild­fowl­ing.

It closes on 17 Novem­ber, with re­sults ex­pected by the end of Jan­uary 2018.

Paul Wil­liamson, BASC’S ru­ral land devel­op­ment man­ager, com­mented: “Nat­u­ral Eng­land’s cur­rent ap­proach to wild­fowl­ing is in­cred­i­bly time-con­sum­ing and com­pli­cated, which has been hugely frus­trat­ing for every­one in­volved.

“This pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for wild­fowlers to pro­vide feed­back on their ex­pe­ri­ences of the con­sent­ing process, and make rec­om­men­da­tions for the fu­ture.”

John Dry­den, chair­man of BASC’S wild­fowl­ing li­ai­son com­mit­tee, added: “Over-reg­u­la­tion of what is tra­di­tion­ally a lone pur­suit, zeal­ously pro­tected by our af­fil­i­ated wild­fowl­ing club sys­tem, is un­nec­es­sary.”

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