The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) warns that the government risks disrupting filming with its proposed short-term license for shooting at and near certain “protected” sites.

A three-week public consultation on a provisional license for the release of Gamebird on and near European protected sites in England was launched by the government today.

BASC is reviewing the terms of the consultation, but the UK’s largest shooting organization is concerned with the approach taken and believes it may have a negative impact on the shoot in the year to come.

Glynn Evans, Head of Game and Hounds at BASC, said: “The focus on shooting at European protected sites is too cautious, unnecessary and will potentially set a precedent for other activities being undertaken at designated sites. .

“BASC is currently reviewing the consultation in order to produce a full response and to take a decision on the appropriate measures to ensure that filming activities at European protected sites are not disadvantaged.

“The consultation is already overdue, as Gamebird’s 2021 release period is fast approaching. BASC has already made representations to Defra to withdraw the process until next year. ”

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