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Defra to review GL45 in light of reduction of AI risk

BASC has welcomed Defra’s announcement that the new General Licence (GL45), which governs the release of pheasants and red-legged partridges on and around certain Special Protection Areas (SPAs), is currently being reviewed. The current licence conditions are based on a medium level of risk of the occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild… Read more »

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Northern Ireland secretary vows ‘pragmatic’ legislative approach to restore power-sharing

The Northern Ireland secretary has vowed to introduce “pragmatic” legislation in his latest bid to address the region’s political deadlock. After the latest deadline to restore Stormont expired on Thursday, 18 December, Chris Heaton-Harris declared his intention to introduce new legislation in a statement.  He said his new approach would be “pragmatic, appropriate and limited”…. Read more »