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Republic of Ireland Level 5 Restrictions

Level 5 restrictions to come into force in the Republic of Ireland from midnight Wednesday 21st October 2020 and will last for 6 weeks. While we understand their would be nothing better than self isolating in a pigeon hide, but we are in the midst of a pandemic and we…

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Northern Ireland Country Sports can continue

Today the 14th October 2020 the Northern Ireland Executive has had to take difficulty steps to try and curb the number of COVID 19 infections as they continue to rise at an alarming rate across the country. these restrictions will come into force on Friday 16th October 2020 and will…

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IMFHA Protocols for Hunting During Covid-19

With current restrictions in place across the Republic of Ireland the Irish Master of Foxhounds Association have issued the following advice. Under the present guidance of Horse Sport Ireland and Sport Ireland hunting is permitted to continue during Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Governments 5 Level COVID…

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NI Deer bTB Survey 2020 can you help?

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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COVID safe principles for game shoots

The ‘COVID safe principles for game shoots’ has been further updated in light of recent restrictions, the need for shoots to comply with any additional restrictions that may be in place on the day of the shoot in the current climate, and to provide further guidance on the provision of shoot…

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EU vote to ban lead shot over wetlands

On Thursday 3rd September the EU REACH committee approved a proposal to ban lead shot over wetlands, within 2 years.  This proposal will now have to be ratified by the EU Council within 3 months.  Once ratified, which is considered a certainty, it will need to be published in in…

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Midland Angling and Shooting by Mick Flanagan September 2020

Once again our sporting events have been curtailed for another few weeks as Covid-19 restrictions of only 15 people gathering at an event has seen competitions and events cancelled. We did have a short window some weeks back when gatherings were limited to 200 and Lough Owel Anglers fished two…

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Highway Code Consultation – Improving Safety for Riders

The Government is currently consulting on changes to the Highway Code. The proposed changes seek to improve protection for vulnerable road users such as horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists. The proposals do not extend to other areas of the Highway Code, or to amendments to other highways legislation.  These proposals…

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[UPDATE] PHASING OUT LEAD GUNSHOT OVER WETLANDS: WHY THE EC PROPOSAL IS UNWORKABLE

The European Commission (EC) recently published its fourth proposal on the lead shot over wetlands restriction, which will be “discussed and voted” by EU Member States on 3 September 2020 in the EU REACH Committee. The EC’s revised proposal remains highly ambiguous, disproportionate and discriminatory. It has not addressed in any way the major…

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Campaign for Shooting 2020-2021: a year in retrospect, and a year ahead

The Countryside Alliance has a pivotal role in bringing together the different shooting organisations, ensuring a coordinated approach when lobbying government. The Campaign for Shooting is at the forefront of promoting and protecting shooting in Parliament, in the media, and on the ground. Our objectives are clear: to secure and…

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