“Shooting’s contribution to conservation can sometimes be conveniently overlooked, but it is significant.”
A range of online information resources for people to use as a PR toolkit to highlight the value of shooting and its role in the UK has been published by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
BASC’s Geri Buckley has been become British Air Pistol Champion 2015. Geri, who is BASC England’s North East regional officer, beat off stiff competition at the British Airgun Championships at Bisley. International pistol shooter Geri, won the Ladies (over 21) Air Pistol category in the National Small-bore Rifle Association’s competition. Read more…
BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali has addressed the national conference on uplands management, emphasising the UK’s unique uplands and the important role wildlife management and shooting will continue to play in their future. He said not only was shooting a part of the heritage of the uplands; it is part of its innovative future.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is proposing to make changes to the Scottish general licenses that would take effect from 1st January 2014. BASC recommends that no changes be made until 2015 due to the lateness of the consultation and the poorly developed proposals therein. The consultation closes on 18th November and a decision may not be announced until 15th December.
BASC will help put shooting and conservation on the agenda in discussions on how the subsidies for the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will be spent across the UK. The implementation of CAP could provide direct financial support for shooting as an activity as well as indirectly through financing the creation of habitats.