NRW ruling challenged by countryside organisations
BASC, the Countryside Alliance and the NGO have mounted a joint bid to challenge the Natural Resources Wales ( NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land.
The trio sought legal advice following the NRW board’s decision, which came following a letter from Welsh environment minister Hannah Blythyn asking NRW to ignore the finding sofa review into the use of firearms on land it manages, which would have seen pheasant shooting on it continue on a case by case basis. Lawyers acting on the trio’s behalf have issued a letter before action to NRW.
Christopher Graffi us of BASC, said: “It is a sign of the strength of feeling in this issue the three rural organisations have united in their commitment to holding NRW and Hannah Blythyn to account on behalf of shooting and on behalf of those who are rightly appalled a public body can apparently ignore sound evidence in such a manner.”
Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance, said:
“It is important that policy is evidence based. There is no evidence which justifi es the decision to end pheasant shooting on NRW land, as NRW itself recognises.
Liam Bell of the NGO, said: “The NGO felt it essential to challenge the decision, not just in behalf of our members in Wales but also because of the serious precedent it could be set for other decision- making by the authorities.”
The ban affects pheasant shoots on public land managed by NRW.