Guest blog – Lead ammunition, the way forward by John Swift

Mark writes: John Swift is the former boss of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and from 2010 chaired the  Lead Ammunition Group set up by the last Labour government which reported to government in 2015 and which was  treated so shabbily by the outgoing Secretary of State for Environment, a certain Liz Truss,…

WWT and RSPB call out failed shooting organisations, and government, on lead ammunition (at last)

WWT and RSPB have written an open letter to ‘shooting organisations’ (BASC, BGA, CA, CLA, GWCT, MA, NGO, SACS, SLE – but apparently not SGO) calling for them to join in a call for a statutory end to the use and sale of lead shotgun ammunition. The letter has two fine jokes in it where…

Farming Today on lead

Farming Today had a chat about lead ammunition this morning (7 minutes into the programme). Readers of this blog won’t have learned anything much (the research mentioned was covered here on 26 February, and Tuesday’s government announcement was covered on Tuesday) but in less than a month’s time this blog won’t be bringing you the…

Slow progress on lead ammunition ban

Nearly six years after DEFRA received the completed report of the Lead Ammunition Group recommending that lead ammunition be phased out, DEFRA has asked for a review of the impacts of lead ammunition so that perhaps it can be phased out in two years’ time. The information on impacts of lead ammunition on wildlife, the…