BASC opposes further wildfowling restrictions
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.”