BASC South East regional officer, Hannah Turner writes about the successful first day at Countryfile Live.

BASC’s mission for the four-day show-marathon that is Countryfile Live is simple; to introduce, to educate and to promote. The results from the first day were both successful and highlight the requirement of BASC’s involvement at the show. For some people their only interaction with shooting is from the BASC stand, and that is a positive.

Since the start of the show we have seen;

  • BASC’s food ambassador, Rachel Green keeping crowds entertained with her delicious game cookery demos – pheasant tacos are a favourite
  • Over 180 free five-minute taster experiences on the clay/game shooting simulator
  • The conservation and south east regional team fielding questions from members and non-members alike
  • Hundreds of children kept entertained with countryside-based quizzes and games

It is good to see many familiar faces, but also to talk to many new ones too. In a world where social media is adding fuel to the fire with topical issues, it’s a welcome relief to remember that most of the public are open to new information and ideas. The stand has given a platform for BASC to discuss many topics in depth, from the requirement of deer management to the benefits to conservation from game shooting.

The first day of Countryfile Live was officially a sellout, and with the brand adding another show at Castle Howard next month, it is easy to see why. The list of reasons BASC continue to attend have never been stronger.

Bring on the next three days.

Categories: - Offbeat

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