Professional pest controllers were put through their paces with airguns at a training day held by BASC Scotland.  Airgun shooting is an integral part of pest control and professionals need to be able to demonstrate high standards of skill and safety.  The training day involved presentations, a written examination and a practical shooting test.

BASC Scotland airgun coaching


(Kenny Willmitt supervises airgun range shooting)

BASC Scotland’s Kenny Willmitt, a BASC-accredited airgun coach, said: “Pest controllers have to use airguns in a wide variety of situations and safety and skill are paramount.  We train them to be able to identify safety risks and to be able to use airguns quickly and humanely.”

Brian McCready from Excel Environmental said: “We have regular training days with BASC as part of our professional development.  We maintain the highest of standards to provide the best possible service to our customers.  BASC is a vital source of information, legislative updates and best practice for our staff.”

Alan Balfour, BASC Council Member, said: “Airguns are used safely and effectively across Scotland every day. Professional pest controllers in particular are ambassadors for airgun shooting and it is vital that they display to the public the highest of standards.  BASC provides best practice guidance on airgun shooting and pest and predator control for users to ensure that these high standards are maintained.”


For more information please call Nicolle Hamilton at BASC Scotland on 01350 723226 or the BASC press office on 01244 573052. Email:

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