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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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Hague courts Russians on Moscow mission

By Alex Stevenson William Hague is in Moscow today as he bids to win over a Russian government deeply concerned by the Conservatives’ foreign policy agenda. The shadow foreign secretary met with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in an attempt to persuade him that, if the Tories win the coming general election, the Foreign Office will… Read more »