Services to members
Top five services offered by the conservation and biodiversity team –
- Practical advice on habitat creation for quarry species
- Advice on written shooting agreements and guidance on valuations for sporting leases
- Advice on which species can be shot and related liabilities
- Guiding a shoot through its responsibilities when shooting on designated sites
- Representing members in negotiations with landowners, especially public bodies and companies, by providing expert advice.
- General advice on wildlife management
- Funding opportunities
- Links to partner bodies with specialist skills/knowledge
- Advice to increase species such as owls or grey partridge, including associated habitat management, control of other species and associated techniques.
- Advice on limiting problem species, including invasive (non-native) species such as Japanese knotweed, and control of pest species
- Laws covering game species, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- The general licences which dictate how we can shoot the ‘pest’ bird species.
- Advice on options for controlling non–quarry species, eg. cormorants
- Enquiries regarding disturbance of protected species such as bats and badgers
- The law regarding shooting on designated sites, such as SSSIs, where consent may be needed to shoot.
- Guide to valuation of sporting rights rent or purchase price.
- How to consider VAT within a shoot operation
- Discussing the meaning of “shooting rights” within existing or proposed agreements.
- Advice to members when there is no formal licence or lease in place.
- Advice on land valuation.
- Advice on land purchase.
- Advice on available options to manage land, including linking with agri-environment schemes
- The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) is a charity that makes loans and occasionally grants to shooting groups for the purchase of wildlife habitat which can be shot over.
- BASC provides a service to the WHT by allocating expert staff time for the day-to-day operation of the WHT on behalf of the Trustees.
- Assisting members and the general public where shooting practice may be questioned or misunderstood, with expert advice to help members achieve a conclusion in a responsible and defensible manner.
The Green Shoots programme assists with –
- On-site visits from a BASC project officer to discuss projects that benefit quarry and wildlife.
- Creating management plans to improve land for wildlife and quarry species.
- Links to local experts on a wide range of species and habitats.
- The provision of dedicated support to access local grant schemes.