Posted: 27/10/2014 at 10:05
I've a neighbour who shoots their air-rifle up their garden. There is no backstop, and ricochets do enter our land. I've been out in the garden while pellets have rained close to me. (The gardens are quite narrow without fencing.) I have raised it as an issue, but it mainly falls on deaf ears.
This morning I witnessed the shooting at crows across another neighbour's property.
From the BASC website it states that all birds are protected. But also suggests that you can shoot at certain pest species under license. I don't quite understand the law when it comes to shooting live quarry/birds?
We try and encourage wildlife so it's quite saddening to see others choosing to destroy it.
There is a separate issue of having permission to shoot over land. I wouldn't be happy if someone was shooting at a tree in my garden! If they were to injure/kill the quarry, then they'd have to fetch the animal to possibly dispatch it. Which would require trespass.