Wildfowlers face worrying future in sport's heartland

Shooting Times & Country|July 01, 2020

Wildfowlers face worrying future in sport's heartland
Clubs on the Morecambe Bay and Humber Estuary fight existential threat after Natural England refuses to renew crucial consents
Matt Cross

Wildfowlers in two of the sport’s most important heartlands may be unable to shoot because long-standing ‘consents’, which allow sustainable wildfowling on European protected sites, have not been renewed by Natural England. One of the refused consents covers areas of the Humber Estuary and the other covers part of Morecambe Bay.

On Morecambe Bay the refusal arises from a complex problem regarding ‘in combination assessments’. These assessments, which Natural England says it is obliged to conduct, look at an individual wildfowling consent in combination with other consents in the same area.

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July 01, 2020