Merpol VisitBASC’s conservation work was highlighted to the Merseyside Police firearms licensing team during a recent visit to the association’s headquarters.

The Merseyside team met staff from the UK’s largest shooting organisation during their tour of Marford Mill and were told that shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation each year – the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs.

BASC staff also gave a demonstration of the Green Shoots Mapping system and highlighted the Poacher App, which directly links shooters with the police via smartphone to help the fight against rural crime.

Simon Vann, one of BASC’s six full-time firearms licensing officers, said: “It’s great when we can explain to people that the ‘conservation’ in BASC’s title is not just lip-service from shooters.

“We are always proud to show off the extensive conservation work that takes place at BASC and we think this aspect of our operation was well-received by Merseyside.”

Janet Jones, Merseyside Police’s firearms unit licensing manager, said: “It was an extremely informative visit and hope we can continue a positive working relationship with BASC.”

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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