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Frequently asked questions

Who can see the information I put into GSM?

Green Shoots Mapping is hosted on a secure website that you access by logging in with your BASC membership number and password. Only you and BASC can see the information you enter.

What if I want people I know to see the information I put in?

From the custom map area of the website you can download maps as PDF files for emailing or printing to share with others. The custom map area shows the boundaries of land that you have added and then allows you to customise them by adding labelling pins, lines and shapes to indicate features useful to you. You can make as many maps as you like.

Is this website just for game shoots?

No, it is for any land to which members have access for any type of shooting. Every piece of land entered and wildlife species recorded creates more information that BASC can use to protect and promote the sport.

Why should I share my wildlife records?

Sharing information on wildlife is a powerful mechanism to protect and promote shooting sports. Wildlife data is the lifeblood of conservation; anyone able to provide information on which species are thriving and which are in decline is valued by conservation partners and governments. Shooters have access to two-thirds of the rural land area of the UK, much of it effectively inaccessible to wildlife agencies, and the knowledge they can provide is of exceptionally high value.

What information do you intend to share?

Full details are given in the terms and conditions of the website but to make wildlife records useful we need to share what species are found, when they have been seen and the location (to the nearest one-kilometre square on our grid). We will not share any personal details about you or any land boundaries.

How did you decide on the species you ask us about?

There is a UK Species list and a Local Species list. The UK list is primarily quarry species; knowing the status of quarry species is essential. The other species on the UK list are among the Government’s farmland bird indicator species which are used for gauging the health of the countryside. The Local lists are different for each BASC country or region and each has been drawn up in consultation with conservation bodies. Getting information on these species will underline the value of shooting at the country or regional scale.

I can’t access the Green Shoots Mapping website – why not?

  1. You have not requested a password from BASC. Use the link on the login page to do this. If you have any difficulty getting a password please telephone our membership hotline on 01244 573030 who will assist you.
  2. Your membership has lapsed. The website is available to any current BASC member. Re-join BASC and your log in will work again and all your information will be there.
  3. If none of the above applies, please call us on 01244 573024 for assistance.

Where can I get more information about Green Shoots Mapping?

Your first port of call is the BASC’s regional or country team that covers your area. You can also contact the conservation team at head office on 01244 573024. We are only too happy to help and listen to new ideas for what the website could do.

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