Lead shot legislation was introduced across the United Kingdom as requested by the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) in 1999, an agreement that both the European Union and the United Kingdom are signatory parties. As the matter is devolved across the UK the different nations implemented the lead shot regulation independently.

In England and Wales the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all the foreshore, over specified SSSIs, and for shooting all species of wildfowl, coot and moorhen.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland the lead shot regulations ban the use of lead shot over all wetlands as defined by RAMSAR, however, they specifically exclude peatlands.

England

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

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

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

Wales

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Wales) Regulations 2002

Scotland

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004

Northern Ireland

The Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

Campaign for Shooting

Lead Shot

Countryside Alliance brief on lead shot ammunition

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