Briefings. Media. News. Expert voices.

Key briefings

Briefing on the REACH restriction on use of lead gunshot in wetlands from BirdLife International, Conservation Without Borders, DNR, WWF, Wetlands International and WWT.

Briefing on the REACH restriction on use of lead shot in wetlands Objection text.

MEP briefing on lead gunshot in wetlands restriction proposal for plenary.

Briefing on REACH restriction on use of lead shot in wetlands Objection text (for Plenary).

European Commission’s rebuttle to Objection text (for Plenary).


Non-toxic ammunition benefits all – for policy makers explaining issue and hearing from Danish hunters.

Dead by lead – explaining of the issue featuring Prof. Rafael Mateo and Martin Hojsik MEP.

Otto Goes Non-toxic – animation to explain the need for regulation of lead.

Flight of the Swans and the Danish hunters – from the Flight of the Swans project hearing the Danish experience.

AEWA interview on lead poisoning

Planet Pod podcast discussing the issue including food safety and retailing of game meat.

Hearing from the experts

Experts urge your support

John Gregson, Communications Manager, CSR, Health & Agriculture, Waitrose supermarkets, explains the need to remove lead from the food supply chain

Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, reflects on the need for regulation 20 years of after the original 2000 deadline.

Transitioning to non-toxic ammunition – a positive experience for Danish hunters

Professor Debbie Pain, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, explains the impacts of exposure to lead in ammunition on human health

Non-toxic ammunition is effective – a hunter’s perspective

Key references

The European Scientists, medics and veterinary health experts’ open letters on lead ammunition and need for transition to non-toxic alternatives.

European Hunting Experts – their factsheet on Alternatives to Lead Ammunition – Sorting Fact from Fiction.

Special Issue of journal Ambio from 2019 on all aspects of lead ammunition from toxicology through practicalities, economics and policy.

Oxford Lead Symposium 2015 proceedings.

Open letter to MEPs from the Green 10, a group of leading environmental NGOs.

On Twitter

On social media, we asked people to share a picture, painting, photo or any kind of symbol of a swan to urge MEPs to support the ban on lead shot in Europe’s wetlands > Share a swan campaign