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Lead and Non-Lead Shot (commonly called non-toxic)

Restrictions on lead shot

Since Westminster signed the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) (November 1999) it is binding throughout the UK, but its implementation is a matter for the devolved governments. In England the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all foreshore, over specified SSSIs, and for the shooting of all ducks and geese, coot and moorhen – wherever they occur. The Welsh Assembly introduced similar regulations in September 2002. Scotland’s regulations came into force at the end of March 2005 and Northern Ireland came into force in September 2009.

ENGLAND

In England the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all foreshore, over specified SSSIs, and for the shooting of all ducks and geese, coot and moorhen, wherever they occur. For further details please contact BASC head office on 01244 573016.

DEFRA has recently reviewed the effectiveness of the regulations. It is currently considering how to respond to findings of low compliance in inland shooting areas.

 

The Regulations for England can be found as follows:

Environment Protection (Restrictions on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003.

Available to download from:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2003/20032512.htm

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002.

Available to download from:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2002/20022102.htm

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999.

Available to download from:

http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1999/19992170.htm