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Wildfowling and Natura 2000An overview based on feedback from wildfowlersDr Conor O’GormanConservation Officer, BASC.


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Background

  • BASC founded in 1908 as the Wildfowlers Association of Great Britain and Ireland (WAGBI)

  • BASC the representative body for shooting in the UK with 123,000 members and 105 employees.

  • BASC the main source of assistance for wildfowlers in the UK


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What is the impact of Natura 2000 on wildfowling?

  • No known impact in Wales and Northern Ireland to date.

  • No direct impact until this year in England.

  • No direct positive influence anywhere to my knowledge. Possibly indirect?

  • Can we view Natura 2000 as an opportunity for wildfowling?


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Hunter Name/id

Club name

Site name

Date of visit

Flight time

Hours on site

Cartridges fired

Species taken

Bag statistics gathered by wildfowling clubs


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Quarry species of duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Anas penelope

Anas crecca

Aythya ferina

Anas clypeata

Anas strepera

Aythya marila

Bucephala clangula

Anas acuta

Aythya fuligula


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Quarry species of goose

Branta canadensis

Anser anser

Anser albifrons

Anser brachyrhynchus


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Quarry species of wader

Gallinago gallinago

Numenius phaeopus

Lymnocryptes minimus

Pluvialis apricaria

Scolopax rusticola


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Examples of feedback

  • We have been managing wildfowling on this estuary for decades – why the sudden management focus on OUR activities

  • The more information we provide the more it is ‘used against us’.

  • Why do estuary management plans always focus on wildfowling as THE disturbing activity?

  • Decisions are not based on science but on prejudice.


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Shooting outside SPA does not require consent

and shooting activity unknown


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The FACE-Natura 2000 project can help to:

  • Improve knowledge about guidelines concerning Natura 2000 related legislation and hunting

  • Provide examples of good practice from around Europe to share with agencies and wildfowlers in the UK

  • Provide a network of trusted colleagues to discuss case studies and learn from our successes and failures



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