Shotguns - Safe use in orchards

Shooting or using firearms to scare birds in orchards has clear risks. Anyone engaged in shooting needs to be licenced and aware of hazards and other people working nearby.

Using shotguns to shoot or scare birds can result in fatal accidents. We have produced guidance for growers, shouters and other orchard workers to reduce the likelihood of shotgun accidents.

Guidelines for the safe use of shotguns in bird shooting and scaring on orchards

These guidelines include advice on training, emergency procedures, protecting people nearby, warning signs, hearing protection and storing firearms and ammunition.

Download full PDF here:

Bird shooting and scaring in orchards (PDF 33 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.