BASC is launching a national competition to find the best shooting conservation project carried out by young people in Britain. The Young Shots Conservation Award will highlight projects which show shooting is a force for good when it comes to helping nature and wildlife and hopes to raise public awareness of the good work done by shooting for the countryside. The competition is open to individuals under the age of 21 and offers a first prize package of a tailored shooting suit from Nomad, a day’s driven grouse shooting in Lancashire and a year’s worth of free cartridges supplied by Eley. The second prize is a day’s airgun hunting or coaching and every entrant receives a BASC goody-bag and certificate. Duncan Thomas, BASC’s Acting Regional Director for Northern England, said: “We have invested an enormous amount of time and effort in our Young Shots projects and this competition is a direct result of their own ingenuity and the generosity of the shooting community.” The deadline for applications is June 10, 2016. It is expected judges will visit short-listed projects between 4-10 July and the winner must be available to visit Nomad’s office for a fitting between July 18-29. The winner must also be available to shoot on August 12. Mike Sherman, BASC’s conservation champion, said: “Young people are the future of shooting and conservation. BASC know there are masses of conservation projects taking place across Britain and many go unsung. This competition is a remarkable opportunity to raise the profile of such work. “The prize packages are truly remarkable and many companies have been keen to come on board and show their support. But that only goes to further highlight the value the shooting community places on conservation and long may that continue.” A full list of entry requirements and rules are available here http://basc.org.uk/youngshots/the-2016-young-shot-conservation-awards/ via a dedicated page on BASC’s website.
BASC is one of nine leading rural organisations which have joined the new Aim to Sustain partnership.