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Welsh conservation efforts set back by NRW red tape

BASC has described a decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to restrict the ability of conservationists and wildlife managers to control magpies, jays and jackdaws as a retrograde blow for conservation. From July 1, those who wish to control magpies, jays and jackdaws to protect species of conservation concern must now apply for a specific… Read more »

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New firearms licensing database can “significantly improve the service”, says BASC

The announcement that the Home Office has begun tendering for a system to replace England and Wales’ firearms licensing database has been received enthusiastically by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). First reported in The Register, the pre-procurement notice will start the process of replacing the National Firearms Licence… Read more »

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Lord Trimble welcomed by Cameron
Cameron welcomes Lord Trimble into the Tory camp

The former Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble has announced he will join the Conservative party. Conservative leader David Cameron today welcomed Lord Trimble, who will join the Tory party group in the House of Lords. Lord Trimble said it was a long-term ambition to work with the Conservatives following his resignation from the Ulster Unionists… Read more »

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Paisley and Ahern exchange first handshake

The DUP leader Ian Paisley and Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern today shared their first public handshake. The two leaders met in Dublin for informal talks on the future of the Northern Ireland assembly and the relationship between the Stormont executive and Irish government. First minister Mr Paisley met the Taoiseach on the steps of… Read more »