BASC bites – a monthly snap-shot of our work
The examples below give a snapshot of our most recent work.
A membership of over 154,000 knows the value of BASC.
In November we:
- Challenged a decision by Cheshire Constabulary to change its firearms licensing policy.
- Delivered training on the work of BASC, poaching offences, trapping and snaring to West Mercia Police in Worcestershire.
- Attended police firearms licencing meetings in Nottinghamshire and Gloucestershire.
- Held the first of this winter’s Shooters’ Evenings in Aberdeen for over 100 attendees.
Firearms enquiries this month
Member’s offers and services
- Announced that BASC now has almost 11,000 women members and has been catering further for the upsurge in women shooters in recent years.
- Saved BASC members approximately £190,850 on vehicle purchases in November and in excess of £5 million during 2018.
- Launched Take a Mate Shooting Month, to help encourage members to share their passion and introduce at least one other person to shooting.
- Announced the launch of the second annual BASC Advent competition and the BASC Winter Gun Draw 2018/19.
- Ran a bespoke B2B darting safe shot course at West Midland Safari Park.
Politics and policy
- Welcomed amendments tabled by the government to the Offensive Weapons Bill, which remove the proposed ban on .50 calibre rifles.
- Wrote to a number of national newspapers to clarify the facts on .50 calibre target rifles.
- Announced that almost 10,000 people have visited BASC’s dedicated webpage to challenge a ban on shooting imposed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
- Issued a joint statement with the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Association of Country Sports, as anti-shooting activists called for further restrictions on grouse moor management in Scotland.
- Held two successful shooters’ evenings in Scotland, highlighting some of the issues that could affect shooting in Scotland in 2019 and advising members how they could help through local political involvement.
- Joined other key organisations in London for a national raptor persecution workshop.
Conservation and land management
- Were shortlisted in the inaugural Great British Shooting Awards for ‘outstanding contribution to conservation’.
- Announced that wildfowling is set to restart at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve after a two month delay.
- Worked with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), The Caerlaverock and District Wildfowlers Association and The Scottish Solway Wildfowlers Association to put into place a new approach to stewarding and managing wildfowling at Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve in Scotland.
- Chaired the Poaching Priority Delivery Group (England & Wales), which was held at BASC’s head office.
- Hosted a grey squirrel and mink control course in Ceredigion as a part of the Resilience for Natives project funded by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
- Completed a mink control course in Wales, which was also recorded by BBC Radio 4 for their Farming Today programme.
- Set up new grey squirrel control groups in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Herefordshire.
Events, courses and meetings
- Alongside the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, organised a Celebration of Game Evening in Lancashire, which was attended by 150 people and raised over £5,000 for The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).
- Attended The Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells with the ST-2 shooting simulator, giving 190 people a chance to experience of shooting.
- Raised approximately £300 for Young Shots at a Taste of Game evening in Derbyshire, where 48 guests enjoyed a five-course game dinner with two cooking demos from The Wild Chef (Ralph Skripek).
- Held a Taste of Game evening in Horsham for about 65 attendees, which also included an evening of competitions on the new SimWay shooting simulator.
- Hosted a Winter Taste of Game dinner to celebrate the Great British Game Week in Leicestershire, and The Black Labrador Taste of Game Evening in Cumbria.
- Sponsored the Leconfield Working Spaniel Club’s Open Spaniel Stake Day in West Sussex, and presented a glass trophy to the winner and mementoes to the judges.
- Attended a meeting of the sponsors for the English Springer Spaniel Championship at the Kennel Club Offices in London.
- Ran two Ladies Introduction to Deer Stalking events in Cambridgeshire, a Ladies Introduction to Wildfowling event in West Sussex, and a Ladies Driven Day in Scotland for ten guns.
- Held Intermediate Deer Courses (IDC) in Northern Ireland, Nottinghamshire and West Sussex.
- Ran Carcass and Butchery Courses in Northern Ireland, West Sussex, North Wales and Hampshire.
- Organised a BASC members’ exclusive sporting auction preview evening in Wiltshire.
- Held a clay shooting day in Southampton giving around 20 university students the chance to try clay pigeon shooting.
- Gave a presentation on BASC and the work it does to a group of 30 Young Farmers at a college in Berkshire.
- Organised a Young Shots Game Day in Northumberland for ten attendees.
- Ran a bespoke range day in Wales and a Novices Live Quarry Day in Chippenham.
- Held DSC1 courses in Nottinghamshire.
- Organised game dinners in Somerset, Essex and Hereford.
- Attended the Cornwall Wildfowlers Association’s annual general meeting and the Sportsman Gun Centre Open Day in Exeter.
- Collaborated with Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat and the British Game Alliance to launch the Great British Game Week 2018, which is now in its fifth year.
- Attended the Dundee Farmers’ Market, along with Scotland’s Natural Larder, to promote game and food foraged from the wild at the start of the Great British Game Week.
- Announced that the percentage of women on BASC’s Council exceeds figures released by a government-backed review.
- Presented a game keeping department from a college in East Sussex with a donation of £300 for assisting running gundog scurries at the Autumn Game Fair.
calls were handled by the membership team