BASC bites – a monthly snap-shot of our work
The examples below give a snapshot of our most recent work.
A membership of over 148,000 know the value of BASC.
In June we:
- Welcomed Thames Valley Police becoming the first force in the country to pilot a new text alert system for firearm and shotgun certificate applicants.
- Advised members to ensure they correctly fill out firearm and shotgun certificate renewal forms after being alerted to a number of ongoing prosecutions by South Wales Police.
- Provided advice to members when their shotgun certificates had lapsed.
- Offered BASC members in Northern Ireland the chance to test their skills at an upcoming range day at Baronscourt Rifle Range.
- Responded to members queries regarding upcoming Bisley Range Days.
- Took home a number of medals from the International Supershot Challenge on Jersey, with a BASC team consisting of BASC staff, council and members. The event was organised by the Jersey Target Shooting Foundation.
- Delivered Wildlife and Sporting Shooter awareness training to more than 30 police officers.
- Responded to members questions on cartridge storage.
- Answered membership queries regarding general licences.
Firearms enquiries this month
Member’s offers and services
Politics and policy
- Welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s decision on tail shortening following a 10 year campaign.
- Attended the Welsh Government’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiry into forest policy. Highlighted how shooting creates and maintains habitat and controls forest damaging species.
- Wrote to the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove outlining shooting’s value to conservation and biodiversity.
- Convened as part of BASC woodpigeon group to look at issues affecting woodpigeon shooters.
Conservation and land management
- Held a duck nest tube workshop for 30 cubs and scouts in North London.
- Provided £25,000 of funding to support the final five years of an independent study into the management of upland ecosystems in the UK at the University of York.
- Met with landowners in Leicestershire to assess woodland for grey squirrel control.
- Advised a member on the Larsen trapping of pest birds.
Events, courses and meetings
- Held our BASC Annual General Meeting, where three new BASC Council members were elected.
- Published details of a DSC1 course taking place in Northern Ireland over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
- Attended the Essex Food and Farming Day, where we introduced 3,000 school children and teachers to deer management.
- Hosted a Ladies Simulated Game Day along with Round Lodge Sporting at Catton Hall, Derbyshire.
- Visited Glenham Hall in Suffolk and arranged for a number of our future Gundog Training Days to be held in their grounds.
- Held a BASC gundog test, in conjunction with Forth and Clyde Working Gundogs, in Fife.
- Attended the Royal Cornwall show and introduced 235 people to shooting sports on the ST-2 Shooting Simulator.
- Provided support at a joint British Deer Society and BASC Young shots deer event in South Lakes, Cumbria.
- Held Safe Shot assessments for 40 gamekeepers in Inverness-shire.
- Attended The Country Show at Harewood House, West Yorkshire, where we introduced 650 people to shooting sports via our coaching lines and the ST-2 Simulator.
- Attended the Annual General Meeting of the Essex Joint Council of Wildfowlers to discuss all matters relating to Wildfowling in Essex.
- Attended The Kenilworth Show, Warwickshire, hosting the BASC main stand and coaching lines.
- Met Cheshire National Farmers Union, to discuss upcoming events and prospective shooting opportunities for BASC members.
- Provided gamekeeping students at Highland College Thurso, with the chance to carry out their Safe Shot assessments.
- Delivered Firearms Awareness Courses in Cambridgeshire, Cirencester and Humberside.
- Held Young Shots days at Thimbleby Shooting Ground, and Mitton Estate, Northumberland.
- Delivered Pre-DSC 1 and DSC 1 courses in Devon, Trochy, Essex and Keswick.
- Held a Gamekeeping Experience weekend in Penrith Cumbria, with Newton Rigg College.
- Attended the Myerscough College open day and country fair in Preston and arranged for the Myerscough College students to visit Cumbria.
- Coached 75 Scout Leaders at a shotgun training day in Essex.
- Worked with The Food Teachers Centre to team up secondary school teachers with Taste of Game as part of a new GCSE project, where 60,000 pupils will be taught how to cook pheasant by 2020.
- Circulated a press release alerting members to new Avian Influenza Protection and Surveillance Zones.
- Published the latest issue of our Science Matters webpage.
- Provided a number of prizes for a local charity clay shoot at Toplands Clay Shoot in Preston.