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BASC bites – a monthly snap-shot of our work

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In June:

Promoting Shooting

  • Two members of the firearms team attended an Independent Advisory Group Meeting at Thames Valley Police HQ.
  • BASC welcomed an assurance by the Home Office that firearms licensing fees will not be reviewed this year and was pleased that the government appears to have taken on board stakeholders concerns on the proposed fees.
  • BASC highlighted to MPs the importance of the role the shooting community plays in protecting threatened species by carrying out effective control of invasive species.
  • BASC’s South East team introduced more than 1,000 people to shooting in May alone. For further information please see our press release
  • Thirty-five police officers from forces across the North of England were given an introduction to shooting sports by experts from BASC. This was a joint venture with the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO).
  • BASC’s Wales team attended the Dyfed Powys Police Pembrokeshire Rural Crime board meeting.

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Firearms enquiries this month

Campaigning and Policy

  • BASC focused mainly on the new General Licenses in June.  For the latest information please visit our dedicated webpage.
  • BASC said a potential legal challenge by Wild Justice over one of the newly-issued Natural England general licences is a ‘distraction’ and focus should remain on introducing a new set of workable licences.
  • BASC urged the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) not to pre-empt a government consultation after the force announced it would be changing its firearms licensing policy from next month.
  • Following representations by BASC that proposed changes would pre-empt a government consultation, Gloucestershire Police has shelved plans to change its firearms licensing policy.
  • BASC highlighted the benefits of game meat as a sustainable, healthy food source in an independent “field to fork” review that will help inform the government’s new food strategy.

Promoting Conservation and its Benefits

  • More than 1,400 schoolchildren took to the moors of Northern England to learn about the uplands, the unique species that live there and the custodians that protect and conserve it. Please read more about the Let’s Learn Moor scheme here.
  • BASC Wales ran a mink control course as part of Saving Gower’s Water Voles project in Llanmadoc, Swansea. Courses were also held on the Llifon and Gwyrfai rivers on the Menai Straits.
  • As part of Green Shoots, BASC Wales was trapping grey squirrels during a project in Mid-Wales. The team also visited the Elwy Valley Squirrel Project to demonstrate new feeding stations.
  • BASC’s South East team met with residents and other organisations, including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), in Buckinghamshire to support a new initiative to create a nature reserve. 
  • BASC’s South East team attended a Forest School in East Sussex where they ran conservation activities and gave a talk to primary school children.
  • Since 2016, BASC has been actively looking after ospreys through the BASC Osprey Project in the South Lakes in Cumbria. It’s the first initiative of this kind and magnitude taken on by BASC. We are closely monitoring this year’s chicks on one of the sites. 

Key Projects

Airgunning

  • BASC provided 501 lessons on the airgun line at the Highclere County Show.
  • BASC provided 69 lessons on the airgun line at the Kenilworth Show.

BASC Taste of Game

  • BASC’s Taste of Game will work with British Charcuterie Live to support an exciting new category, The Best British Game Charcuterie Product, at The Game Fair at Hatfield House.
  • Taste of Game attended a Farm Day for 150 primary school children in Manchester and another event for 1,500 children in Northumberland to promote game.
  • More than 80 students from across the UK have developed their own game meat recipes as part of a new Project Game Changer competition.
  • This month our Publications Assistant, Marta Jacyna joined Celebrity Chef Tony Singh at his home in Edinburgh to learn more about his keen interest in Fieldsports and cooking with game.

Clayshooting

  • On 25 May, the Countryside Clay Shoot took place at the West Wycombe Estate.  Twenty-five teams participated and enjoyed six simulated game drives. All proceeds from the day went to the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust. Details for the 2020 Countryside Clay Shoot will be released later this year.
  • BASC’s South East team attended the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) charity clay shoot on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire Border to provide advice to members and support the work of the GWCT.
  • BASC’s South East team attended the Berkshire College of Agriculture Clay Shoot.
  • BASC coaches gave 308 lessons on the shotgun coaching line at the Highclere County Show.
  • BASC coaches gave 59 lessons on the shotgun coaching line at the Kenilworth Show.
  • BASC’s South East team ran a members’ range day at Bisley.

Game Shooting

  • BASC Scotland was the only country sports organisation with a presence at The Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh. The stand focused on deer, demonstrating that deer management is as much requirement in the lowlands as it is in the uplands.
  • BASC’s gamekeeping officer Alex Farrell, along with Steve Bloomfield, BASC’s executive director for shooting and operations are preparing for The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust’s “2020 Year of the Gamekeeper”, which will launch at the Game Fair. Alex will be driving the campaign throughout 2020 to encourage members and trades to raise money for the project.
  • BASC Wales attended the Elwy Valley Deer Project Members’ meeting in St Asaph to advise the group on BASC deer-related courses.

Gundogs

  • Skinner’s Pet Foods have signed a contract to sponsor BASC’s gundog programme for the next four years.

Ladies Shooting

  • The latest figures released by the Home Office show that the number of shotgun certificates issued to women in England and Wales has increased by more than 1,000 over the last year.
  • BASC’s Eastern team held a Ladies Novice Clay Day at the Mid-Norfolk Shooting Ground.
  • BASC’s Wales team organised a new venue for a Ladies Day in Gower.
  • BASC’s South East team visited the Oxford Gun Company and provided them with goodie bags for their Ladies Competition.

Simulated Shooting

  • BASC’s South East team attended a Futures Day/Educational Day with the SimWay Shooting Simulator. Around 500 students aged 13-15 had the opportunity to have a go.
  • BASC’s Northern team attended the Myerscough Open Day and Country Fair. Over 70 people had a go on the SimWay Shooting Simulator. There were Taste of Game demonstrations throughout the day, as well as BASC Gun Dog Scurry, ferret racing, bird box displays and a wildlife quiz for children.
  • BASC’s training and education team attended an Open Farm Sunday in Thorney, where 15 new memberships were taken and 208 people where introduced to shooting on the ST-2 Shooting Simulator. 
  • The training and education and Wales teams attended the Royal Cheshire Show with the ST-2 Shooting Simulator where 100 people where introduced to shotgun shooting. 

Wildfowling

  • BASC’s wildfowling team responded to the Marine Strategy Part 1 Consultation.
  • James Green (head of wildfowling), Shane Robinson (wildfowling officer), Duncan Thomas (director Northern England) and Mike Thornley (regional officer Northern England) attended the South Solway Wildfowlers meeting on the 25 June in Carlisle with the shooting simulator.
  • BASC’s wildfowling team attended a meeting with the Dyfi and Mawddach District Wildfowlers Association (DMDWA) committee. The team also attended a meeting on behalf of the DMDWA and The Crown Estate on the Dysynni.

Young Shots and Young Farmers

  • BASC launched a new initiative to promote the countryside to youngsters and encourage them to take a closer look at nature. For further information and to receive your free kit please email hannah.davies@basc.org.uk
  • BASC Wales ran a Young Shots Activity Day in Llandegla where participants had a go at clay shooting, air rifle target shooting, archery and building nest boxes.
  • BASC’s South East team ran a Young Shots Day at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire with 22 youngsters attending.
  • In conjunction with SYCET (Scottish Youth & Countryside Education Trust), BASC Scotland held an introduction to salmon and trout fishing for 15 young people on the Meikleour beat of the River Tay, covering all aspects of fishing, fly tying and river management. In addition, SYCET provided a wild food preparation event, focusing on rabbit, for St David’s Scouts in Fife at their survival camp.
  • BASC’s Northern team ran a Young Shots multi-activity day in Humberside. Over 50 Young Shots experienced simulated game and air rifle and clay pigeon shooting.
  • BASC’s South East team held an event for 27 Young Shots at The Happy Valley Clay Club.
  • BASC’s Central team attended the Leyton Buzzard Young Farmers Club meeting to talk about BASC and gave the Young Farmers an opportunity to have a go on the SimWay Shooting Simulator.
  • BASC’s Wales team, together with the Ceredigion Rural Crime Police, attended the Ceredigion Young Farmers rally.
  • Kirkham Young Farmers where given a talk on the work that BASC carries out by the Northern team.
  • The South East team attended the Sparsholt Futures event at Sparsholt College where people had the opportunity to have a go on the Shooting Simulator. 
  • The South East team attended and sponsored Young Farmers Charity Clay Shoots in Essex and South East Sussex.
  • BASC’s Eastern team attended the Harleston and Loddon Young Farmers Evening.
  • BASC sponsored and helped run the NFYFC clay shoot final.

Training and High Standards.

  • BASC announced more training courses. For the up-to-date list of upcoming courses, please take a look at our dedicated training courses webpage
  • The training and education team provided a number of courses during June. This included: –  
    DSC qualifications
    Firearms Awareness Training
    Grey squirrel control courses
    Shotgun and Airgun instructor courses
    Emergency First Aid courses.
  • BASC Wales team taught Hafan y Mor Holiday Park staff how to trap problem mink on the site.

BASC Membership

  • BASC members will once again receive complimentary entry for The Game Fair by simply showing their BASC membership card and a photo ID.
    All BASC members will also be able to purchase discounted guest tickets in advance through the Game Fair website using the code BASCGUEST or via the ticketing hotline 08448 586 759. Advance guest tickets are £25 plus a £1.95 admin fee instead of the gate price of £34. Guests must be accompanied by a member at the gate. Discounted guest tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be purchased at the gate on the day.
  • BASC council elected the association’s new chairman, Eoghan Cameron and vice-chairman, Claire Sadler at the AGM.
  • BASC launched a scholarship program to support people who want to develop their knowledge of conservation, land management or gamekeeping. Applications must be submitted by 1 August. Click here for more information.
  • The BASC sealed bid auction is now live. To take part, please visit the webpage here. Bidding is open until 30 September 2019.

BASC Staff News

  • A team from BASC head office scaled the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and then Wales in the National Three Peaks Challenge under 24 hours. This was to raise thousands of pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after one of our colleagues was diagnosed with the condition last year. There is still time to sponsor the team. Please visit the JustGiving page here.

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calls were handled by the membership team


 

Vehicle discounts

Saved BASC members approximately £283,500.00 on vehicle purchases in March.

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