What is the consultation about?
In short, NRW is proposing adding pheasants and red-legged partridges to a list of non-native animals which cannot be released unless under licence. It proposes that their release would then only be allowed under a specific individual license if it takes place on, or within 500m of, a protected site such as an SSSI. Elsewhere in Wales, it would be allowed under a general licence, for which no registration is required, and which would set a limit on the density of birds released.
The consultation is seeking views on NRW’s proposals to limit the impacts of game bird release on the environment and biodiversity. NRW is clear that it is not reviewing the ethical question of whether non-native birds should be released to be shot for ‘sport’. You may wish to mention your opposition to shooting in your response, but the most effective responses will focus on the proposed regulation. The League Against Cruel Sports remains completely opposed to the shooting of birds for ‘sport’ and committed to ending shooting across the UK.
The League is encouraging its supporters to respond to the consultation in support of new restrictions on game bird release, but with a number of suggestions to further protect the environment and biodiversity in Wales.
Who can respond?
Anyone can respond to the consultation, but NRW is particularly interested to hear from people in Wales or people who have an interest in Wales and its environment.
How should I respond?
Below is some guidance on how League supporters may wish to respond to this consultation by 20 June 2023.
The first three questions ask for your details, please remember you are representing yourself in your response even if you are a member of the League. Questions four to eight ask for your views on the consultation.
Please click below to access the full consultation and begin your response. Our guidance setting out the League’s views is in the drop-down boxes below.
NRW has said it is seeking individual responses, so to make your submission as effective as possible the League would encourage you to fill out the consultation in your own words.