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New Natural History GCSE will ‘engage and inspire’ young people, says BASC

BASC has said a new Natural History GCSE will help support the decision makers of the future steer the natural world for years to come. The new GCSE – which is set to launch in September 2025 – has the potential to engage thousands of schoolchildren each year by tackling topics such as conservation, sustainability, species interactions, climate change and… Read more »

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Review of dog microchipping regulations underway

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) will be pushing for “meaningful improvements” within a Defra-published public consultation on a series of proposals to the dog microchipping regulations. The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations were introduced in 2015 to increase re-unification rates of lost and stolen dogs, benefiting dog welfare and saving local authorities… Read more »

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Stormont powersharing agreement faces threat
‘Hard going’ in NI talks

By politics.co.uk staff Last-ditch talks are continuing in Northern Ireland as the final efforts to rescue powersharing drag on. Gordon Brown, who put back Cabinet by two days until Thursday to stay overnight in Belfast, met with the Taoiseach Brian Cowen this morning, following further meetings with the Sinn Fein and Democratic Unionist party (DUP)… Read more »

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The view from Stormont - not so sunny at present
Crunch time for NI talks

By Alex Stevenson Northern Ireland’s leaders will meet with Gordon Brown and Irish taoiseach Brian Cowen in Belfast later as the final attempts to save the province’s powersharing arrangement get underway. It follows last-ditch talks between Democratic Unionist party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, which began earlier today. Negotiations over the… Read more »