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BASC backs call to open up more woodland for shooting

BASC is welcoming a report from a Welsh government committee which says Natural Resources Wales (NRW) should open up woodlands for shooting.

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee’s inquiry into forest policy has recommended that NRW should increase the use of woodlands for shooting as a way of increasing recreational use and raising revenue.

Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity projects, said: “BASC provided evidence to this inquiry and are pleased with the committee’s considered view that NRW should be increasing woodland recreational opportunities for shooting.

“Shooting can generate income for landowners and also provides essential pest control for species like grey squirrel and helps manage deer numbers.”

Robin Marshall-Ball, a BASC council member and conservation specialist, said: “We expect notice to be taken of the committee’s report in future policy decisions.

“Welsh government currently has a consultation covering access to recreation and Natural Resources Wales is reviewing their policy on firearms use on land they own and manage.  Both these policies should take the advice from the committee by encouraging recreational shooting.”


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