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A statement from BASC CEO Ian Bell
“We are in no doubt that this virus will affect each and every one of us in some way, but it is paramount that we remain positive.
“Here at BASC we are not underestimating the seriousness of the current situation brought about by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected thus far.
“In recent weeks, many regional and national countryside events have been postponed or cancelled, while businesses and employees across the UK are already feeling the effects of reduced movement, spend and consumer confidence.
“At BASC, our job is to ensure that shooting flourishes as we adapt to, tackle and emerge from these unprecedented and challenging times. We are paying close attention to developments and will continue to revise our approach so that we are always best placed to serve our membership and the wider shooting community.
As an organisation we have taken the necessary steps to keep staff and volunteers safe. All staff members will be working remotely until further notice. However, the usual phone lines will remain open during working hours.”
BASC Training and Events
Due to the outbreak of COVID 19 and government guidance on non-essential social gatherings, BASC has taken the decision to postpone all training courses scheduled up until the end of May.
If you are booked on a course you will be contacted in the next 14 days with details of the new date and venue. We will review all further courses on a daily basis and be led by government advice.
I would like to thank all course participants for being understanding during this difficult period.
Because of social distancing measures, I will now be undertaking essential pest control alone. Should I be taking any additional safety measures?
It is good practice when working alone to put some additional safety measures in place. As a minimum you should inform someone of where you are going, and your return time. (What3words.com is a useful website to give someone an accurate location). A ‘buddy system’ of regular ‘check in’ phone calls with a family member or colleague may also be appropriate if you are working alone for extended periods. In the event that you fail to get in contact, then your contact should know the steps to take in order to locate you or if necessary raise the alarm with the emergency services.
I am a gamekeeper and live on the shoot where I am employed, am I still allowed to undertake my normal tasks away from the house?
Yes, if you follow government coronavirus guidance around social distancing. It would also be a good idea to make arrangements for someone to provide cover for specific work areas such as trap checking should you be unable to check them.
Yes, essential travel to work is permitted if you are unable to work from home but again whilst at work you must follow government coronavirus guidance around social distancing. You may also wish to get a letter from your employer advising of your need to travel to work to show the police, should you be stopped
I don’t get paid but am I allowed to provide pest control for farmers, for instance to protect vulnerable crops from pigeon or deer and to protect lambs from fox predation?
Yes, this is essential work in ensuring food production is maintained. In many instances, this cannot take place without associated pest control. But, this must only be undertaken where absolutely necessary and in line with the latest government coronavirus guidance.
As in the case with people needing to travel to work, you might wish to get a letter or other confirmation from the farmer or person asking you to undertake essential pest control so you are able to show this to the police should you be stopped.
Is my BASC liability and personal accident insurance valid while I am providing pest control for farmers, for instance to protect vulnerable crops from pigeon or deer and to protect lambs from fox predation?
Yes, provided it is legitimate activity in accordance with BASC’s insurance policy.
I have a bit of private ground nearby to exercise my dogs, but I think it’s more sensible to drive a short distance to use this than going to the local park where there will be other members of the public. But I understand some police forces have said vehicle travel for exercise purposes is not permitted?
Government coronavirus guidance on access to green spaces is “to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily”.
It will be for the police to enforce the government’s coronavirus guidance on non-essential travel and we are aware that some forces such as Derbyshire have issued specific guidance to dissuade the public travelling for exercise purposes, including for dog walking.
The current government coronavirus guidance is for everyone to stay at home and to only make essential journeys.
We believe that deer stalking under the current situation could not be classed as an essential activity (with the exception of deer control to protect vulnerable crops) so would ask that people do not go deer stalking. All the main government bodies have stopped culling as a result of the latest guidance.
We are not facing a food shortage so there is no urgent need to cull deer to supply meat.
Can I travel to my shoot and undertake recreational shooting such as getting the clay trap out for a bit of exercise?
No, non-essential travel should not be undertaken and the above would not be following the latest government coronavirus guidance.
advice for people with animals.
BASC urges members to follow government advice.