NRW rul­ing chal­lenged by coun­try­side or­gan­i­sa­tions

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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.

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