Fowl­ing re­stric­tions in place on Find­horn Bay

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BASC has re­as­sured wild­fowlers on Find­horn Bay, near For­res in Mo­ray, that they can con­tinue to shoot on the fore­shore, af­ter Mo­ray Coun­cil in­tro­duced a vol­un­tary per­mit scheme.

Fol­low­ing con­cern over the num­bers of wild­fowlers vis­it­ing Find­horn Bay, a new per­mit sys­tem has been in­tro­duced re­strict­ing when shoot­ing can take place and the num­ber of peo­ple who can shoot at any one time.

Colin Shed­den, BASC Scot­tish di­rec­tor, com­mented: “This de­ci­sion will not af­fect wildfowling that is legally un­der­taken on the fore­shore on Find­horn Bay Lo­cal Na­ture

Re­serve or any­where else in Scot­land. Wildfowling, un­der­taken un­der the pub­lic right to recre­ation on the Scot­tish fore­shore, can only be ex­er­cised be­low the mean high-wa­ter mark of an or­di­nary spring tide. Mo­ray Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion clearly states that the re­stric­tion only ap­plies to its land above the high-wa­ter mark.

“This de­ci­sion will there­fore only af­fect those who choose to shoot on coun­cil-owned land not cov­ered by the pub­lic right to recre­ation.”

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