Restrictions on lead shot

From 1st September 2009 the law prohibits the use of lead shot on or over wetlands. It applies to all bores of shotgun but not to air guns or rifles. All lakes, flight ponds, land with seasonal or frequent standing water, rivers, streams and most coastal waters are all defined as wetlands. Small areas that flood on an occasional basis are not covered by the regulations.

The PSNI are responsible for enforcing the legislation and anyone found to be shooting lead shot over wetlands will be liable to prosecution and if convicted, could face a fine of up to £1000.

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