Published: 19/10/2017 08:30 - Updated: 19/10/2017 08:56

Anti-shooting signs go up around Findhorn

geese shooting SIGNS to enforce a shooting ban have been erected on council-owned land on Findhorn Bay.

This follows a decision by Moray Council’s Economic Development and Services Committee on September 5 to support the voluntary wildfowling permit scheme proposed by the Findhorn Bay Local Nature Reserve Management Committee.

In addition to the permit restrictions, the local authority reaffirmed its position that shooting will not be permitted on council-owned land.

Chairman of the ED&I committee, cllr John Cowe, said he hoped the wildfowlers will respect the council’s position the same as they would any other landowner.

He added: "The exclusion of our land from wildfowling still leaves a large area of foreshore, between high and low water marks, for legitimate activity."

Leader of Moray Council, Cllr George Alexander, also urged wildfowlers to get behind the scheme.

He said: "It is in the interests of all those who enjoy the Findhorn Bay to ensure that this voluntary system works.

"Reasonable people should be capable of arriving at a reasonable agreement without resorting to the law."

The wildfowling season started on September 1 and lasts until February 20.

The voluntary permit system introduced for this season will be reviewed after February 20 to ascertain its effectiveness.

The permits were introduced following protests about wildfowling from a group called the Friends of Findhorn Bay.

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