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BASC: Are proposals to improve UK coastal access necessary?

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has questioned whether proposals to improve coastal access in England are necessary.

BASC has responded to a Defra consultation on coastal access after getting feedback from BASC affiliated wildfowling clubs in England who believe there is already sufficient access available to the public.

The BASC response recommends that attention should be focused on managing existing access routes with occupiers' rights and wildlife interests in mind as opposed to creating new areas of access.

Dr. Conor O'Gorman, who coordinated BASC's response to Defra, said: "Greater attention is needed to manage existing use and prevent abuse of coastal access routes rather than focusing time and money on the provision of possibly unwanted and unnecessary new areas of coastal access."

Feedback from clubs, together with discussion between members of BASC Wildfowling Liaison Committee and BASC Council, formed the basis of BASC's response. The response can be downloaded from the BASC website at www.basc.org.uk.

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