Following the success of BASC’s Countryside Classrooms for children, we are launching Countryside Workshops for older members.

These workshops will be live, interactive sessions and will include advice, information and handy tips from our BASC experts. 

From setting up a release pen to understanding firearm proof marks, this new series aims to cover a variety of shooting related topics. 

Tune into BASC’s Facebook page every Monday to take part. 

Date Time Topic
Mon 21 Sept
The latest COVID-19 guidance with BASC England director Dan Reynolds.
Mon 28 Sept
Airguns and the law with Bill Harriman.
Mon 5 Oct
To be confirmed
Mon 12 Oct
Steve Bloomfield explains about the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust, what they do and the year of the gamekeeper campaign.
Mon 19 Oct
Why we manage deer with BASC deer officer Audrey Watson
Mon 26 Oct
BASC politics and engagement with MPs by Jak Abrahams, BASC's political affairs manager
Mon 2 Nov
'All about venison' and live cooking demo with BASC head of deer Martin Edwards and Taste of Game officer Matt Gisby
Mon 9 Nov
Press coverage of shooting and conservation with BASC head of press, Jack Knott
Mon 16 Nov
To be confirmed
Mon 23 Nov
To be confirmed
Mon 30 Nov
To be confirmed

Archived videos

Below is a selection of BASC’s Countryside Workshops.

How to get into deer stalking with BASC deer officer, Audrey Watson.

Find out more about BASC's 'Simply Glorious' campaign and our press team.

The British Uplands

BASC and politics with Christopher Graffius (slight technical issues)

Travelling with your shotgun presented by Bill Harriman.

Mapping your shooting, recording your bag and wildlife with BASC's Green Shoots Mapping.

Knives and the law with Bill Harriman

COVID-19 guidance for Guns on shoots

General licences explained with Alex Farrell

COVID-19 guidance for beaters and pickers up on shoots

The secret life of the grey partridge with Dr Conor O'Gorman

An introduction to trapping and the law with Glynn Evans

Presenting driven pheasant over the guns for best results with Steve Bloomfield

Setting up pheasant release pens for best results with Steve Bloomfield

  • Have pen ready before birds arrive (check for predators inside before closing)
  • Sunny and out of the wind
  • Take delivery of birds early in the morning
  • Check access for ease of delivery
  • Same feed as game farm for first few days
  • Same feeders if possible
  • Plenty of drinkers and fresh clean water (keep water clean)
  • Cover – low medium and roosting
  • Sunny areas towards the middle of the pen
  • Narrow winding tracks that bring the birds back to the middle
  • Plenty of shelters
  • Use of deterrents – not too early, move around inside and out
  • Clock radios – set for daybreak on talk station
  • Test electric fence daily
  • Seek VET advice – don’t guess!
  • Visit pen regularly each day – morning and evening
  • Know the law and don’t break it!
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