BASC op­poses fur­ther wild­fowl­ing re­stric­tions

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BASC op­poses any fur­ther re­stric­tions be­ing placed on wild­fowl­ing on the Exe es­tu­ary in Devon point­ing to how lit­tle dis­tur­bance is caused by the sport.

The shoot­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion re­cently re­sponded to a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion propos­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a vol­un­tary ex­clu­sion zones (VEZ) on the es­tu­ary and ar­gued that wild­fowl­ing is al­ready a well-reg­u­lated ac­tiv­ity car­ried out re­spon­si­bly. It rec­om­mended that VEZ in­stead tar­geted un­reg­u­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the es­tu­ary.

BASC high­lighted a study car­ried out on the es­tu­ary in 2011 show­ing that there was no dis­tur­bance to wild birds caused by wild­fowl­ing. More re­cently, a BASC study found that walk­ing causes 100 times more dis­tur­bance than wild­fowl­ing.

Mark Green­hough, BASC’s wild­fowl­ing of­fi­cer, said: “Wild­fowl­ing within the pro­posed VEZ at Ex­mouth is sub­ject to a man­age­ment plan and is a sus­tain­able ac­tiv­ity that is con­sented by Nat­u­ral Eng­land.

“There is a grow­ing ev­i­dence base to in­di­cate that wild­fowl­ing, con­trary to mis­con­cep­tions, causes less dis­tur­bance to wild birds than other ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing.”

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