About BASC

What does BASC stand for?

BASC stands for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

How did BASC begin?

The organisation was founded as the Wildfowlers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland (WAGBI) in 1908 by Stanley Duncan FZS and Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Bt.

Why did Stanley Duncan form the Association?

There were three main reasons why he set up WAGBI.

  • He wanted to help professional wildfowlers.
  • He was becoming alarmed at the increasing drainage and subsequent development of excellent wildfowl habitat.
  • He realised that, as time went by it would be necessary to defend the sport of wildfowling against the growing enthusiasm of extremists.

When and why did WAGBI become BASC?

In 1981, WAGBI changed its name to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). This change was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of that year in recognition of the fact that shooting sports required a single representative body; WAGBI was the most suitably placed organisation to take on that role. 

BASC was incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society and formally became The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Limited in January 1997.

How is the organisation structured?

The organisation’s patron is the Duke of Edinburgh. There is a president, chairman, an elected board called Council, a chief executive, and over 100 staff members. BASC Council members are democratically elected from, and by, BASC members.

How many members does BASC have?

BASC has a membership of over 155,000 individuals according to the latest membership statistics in August 2019.

How many staff members work for BASC?

There are currently 143 paid members of staff working for BASC across the country. The head office is based at Marford Mill and there are seven regional offices across the UK. 

BASC Direct Limited

BASC Direct Limited (Registered in Wales No. 09113296) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association.

BASC Council established this company to ensure that certain financial transactions relating to non-members can be easily identified, recorded and managed.

Like all companies, BASC Direct Limited operates under the Companies Acts. Directors are appointed by BASC Council and may vary from time to time.

History of BASC

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History of Marford Mill

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Directions to BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL.

Finding Marford Mill from the North

Leave M6 southbound at junction 20 and join M56 (Runcorn, Chester, North Wales).

Leave M56 at junction 15 and join M53 (Chester, Wrexham). M53 becomes A55.

Come off A55 at Junction 38 for Chester/Wrexham A483.

Take the first exit at roundabout to join Wrexham A483. Go straight through the traffic lights and continue to junction 7, sign posted Rossett/B5102 and take the exit.

Turn left at the junction to join the B5102 sign posted Rossett.

At the next roundabout take the first exit sign posted Rossett and after approximately 200 yards Marford Mill will be located on your right – directly opposite the black and white water mill.

Finding Marford Mill from the South

Take the M54 for North Wales from junction 10a of the M6. Follow the M54, which becomes the A5 Shrewsbury bypass.

Continue straight on, following signs for A5 North Wales Llangollen.

At Oswestry (Shropshire) join the A483 direction Wrexham, Chester, North Wales at the Mile End Roundabout (right turn).

Continue on the A483 past Wrexham. Continue to junction 7, sign posted Rossett/B5102 and take the exit.

At the junction take the third exit, passing over the A483 and continue on the B5102 sign posted Rossett.

At the next roundabout take the first exit sign posted Rossett and after approximately 200 yards Marford Mill will be located on your right – directly opposite the black and white water mill.

BASC Council, Vision, Mission and Strategic Outcomes

Vision

To ensure a guaranteed future for sustainable shooting sports in all their diversity as a widely enjoyed and important part of the environment, economy and culture.

Mission

To promote and protect sporting shooting and advocate the benefits it brings to the natural environment throughout the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

To represent members’ interests by providing an effective and unified voice for sustainable shooting sports and individual services.

To act for the benefit of the community through education, the promotion of scientific research, best practice in: firearms licensing, habitat conservation and wildlife and game management.

To promote the benefits of game as food.

In order to achieve these BASC will:

Achieve / enhance / exploit

BASC must create and maintain ‘all party’ political consensus in support of sustainable shooting sports and the conservation benefits derived from the shooting sector.  Critical to success is public perception and endorsement across key opinion formers.

Protect / sustain / utilise

BASC must protect and enhance its credibility, financial strength and power base of members, staff and Council.  Enhance the reputation of BASC as the UK’s leading shooting and conservation organisation.

Strategic outcomes

The following strategic outcomes combine to build success:

  • Cross party political support: Preservation and expansion of political support.
  • Increased membership: A significant growth in the number of members and the engagement of those members in support of shooting and conservation.
  • Sustainability & public acceptance: The provision of food and conservation through shooting recognised by the public as an acceptable and sustainable activity.
  • Conservation: BASC respected as a leading conservation body.
  • Sector wide approach: A coherent pan-organisational strategy to sustain shooting sports.
  • BASC brand: Enhanced BASC brand respected as the authoritative voice for shooting and conservation
  • Standards: BASC ‘centre of excellence’ as an attitude of mind:
    • Internal efficiency, high standards and high morale
    • Best Practice understood and exercised across the sector.
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