BASC bites – a monthly snap-shot of our work
The examples below give a snapshot of our most recent work.
A membership of over 150,000 know the value of BASC.
In July we:
- Gave evidence to members of the parliamentary Public Bill committee on the Offensive Weapons Bill at the Houses of Parliament.
- Attended the National Police Chiefs’ Council Rural Policing Summit in North Yorkshire.
- Announced that the number of firearms certificates being issued are at the highest level since 1988.
- Delivered Firearms Awareness Courses in Devon, Berkshire and Cumbria.
- Accompanied a BASC member to a meeting regarding his certificate renewal.
Firearms enquiries this month
Member’s offers and services
- Offered complimentary entry to all BASC members at the 2018 Game Fair in Warwickshire.
- Launched the 2018 BASC Young Shots Journalist competition.
- Saved BASC members £143,760 on vehicle purchases.
- Launched a new competition to win the chance to test drive a Volvo car for a weekend.
- Launched new SsangYong teams within the BASC vehicle discount scheme.
- Launched the new BASC Ladies Shooting caps and new BASC shooting socks at The Game Fair.
Politics and policy
- Supported calls to ban a sky lantern festival in the wake of the recent wildfires.
- Sought clarification from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) on the conditions attached to the continuation of shooting on public land.
- Renewed a partnership agreement with Natural England (NE) which recognises shooting’s conservation role in the countryside.
Conservation and land management
- Announced that more than 600 schoolchildren have visited the North Yorkshire moors as part of the ‘Let’s Learn Moor’ project.
- Joined other rural groups in celebrating the most successful hen harrier breeding season in England for more than a decade.
- Welcomed the government’s recognition of the role of controlled heather burning to minimise the risk of wildfires.
- Launched the Wildlife Habitat Trust’s 2018 conservation stamp at The Game Fair.
- Advised members on invasive species control and preventing disturbance of protected species.
Events, courses and meetings
- Had a huge presence at The Game Fair in Warwickshire and processed over 500 new BASC memberships.
- Attended the Royal Welsh Show in Powys with BASC stands, Chudleys Scurry Leagues and Taste of Game cooking demonstrations.
- Attended the Scottish Game Fair in Perthshire and introduced 160 people to shooting on the ST-2 Shooting Simulator.
- Ran an air rifle range and competition at an open day in Bridgwater for more than 100 participants.
- Provided an introduction to shotgun shooting for 100 pupils in North Wales.
- Ran a ‘gamekeepers trail’ for more than 30 children at a Farms for City children event in Gloucestershire.
- Helped to run the first Scottish Youth and Countryside Education Trust’s Introduction to Bushcraft Day in Aberdeenshire.
- Ran a Young Shots Clay and Conservation Day in Cumbria, where 50 young people enjoyed archery, air rifle and clay shooting which was followed by building bird boxes.
- Ran a Young Shots Clay and Conservation Day in Lincolnshire and gave novice clay pigeon shooting lessons to 19 young people.
- Introduced more than 500 scouts to shotgun shooting in Essex.
- Hosted the Westerham Fun Gundog Day in Kent to raise money for countryside campaigns.
- Hosted a Ladies Simulated Game Day in the West Midlands.
- Attended the South of England Agricultural Society’s Connect with the Countryside Day in West Sussex.
- Attended the Sussex Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ Clay Pigeon Shoot in East Sussex.
- Were present at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show in Northwood.
- Attended the Lindisfarne Wildfowling Management Group meeting in Northumberland to discuss the 2018-19 permit scheme.
- Represented BASC and wildfowling interests at the Greenland white-fronted Goose partnership meeting on the Dyfi Estuary.
- Represented BASC members on the East of England Deer Forum in Suffolk.
- Attended the Rhug Country Fair in Wales and organised shotgun coaching lines.
- Ran Airgun Club Safety Officer courses in Berkshire and Cumbria.
- Ran shotgun and rifle Safe Shot assessments in Norfolk.
- Held an Introduction to Woodpigeon Shooting course in Cumbria.
- Ran gundog scurries in the Cotswold.
- Ran a Young Shots Introductory Day in West Sussex.
- Planned for the upcoming National Big Bore & Black Powder Clay Day.
- Advised BASC members of an increase in the risk of an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in the UK.
- Visited BASC trade members throughout the UK.
calls were handled by the membership team