Fowlers urged to take part in Natural England review
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.”