BASC training day for Suffolk Police

Chris Brooks from BASC Central England ran a training day for probationary police officers from Suffolk Constabulary. He briefed them on shooting, the benefits that shooting has for conservation and how shooting shapes the countryside especially through the work of gamekeepers. He also talked about wildlife crime such as poaching and illegal hare coursing.    

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BASC delivers police training on firearms and wildlife law
BASC's Duncan Thomas explains the use of a hopper for grey squirral control

BASC delivers police training on firearms and wildlife law

A training course designed to help improve police officers’ understanding of firearms and wildlife law has been successfully completed with the help of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), working with police wildlife and rural crime officers from Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies.

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BASC seeks airgun coaches

More people are being asked to come forward to train as airgun coaches under a new coaching award run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). David Ilsley from BASC said: “The award is not about teaching you how to shoot, it’s about teaching you how to teach others to shoot. It is very important that the modern airgun coach is equipped to provide training in a variety of situations and ensure high standards in shooting.” The award is made up of five modules, delivered through a training programme developed by BASC. The modules focus on safety, instructional techniques, airgun ballistics, risk assessment and range conducting. Two days’ training will be followed by a day’s assessment. For more information about becoming a BASC airgun coach, email Nick Lane or click here. BASC currently has a team of more than 40 airgun coaches and has already received more than 60 enquiries about the new award. BASC is also offering to sponsor club competitions at airgun clubs. David Ilsley added: “We will provide you with prizes and material for one club competition which we would ideally like to be open to non-club members too.” For more information email David Ilsley.

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BASC helps with Hampshire Police Training

The UK’s largest shooting organisation, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is working with Hampshire Police to support training for frontline officers and staff to improve their understanding of rural activities and raise awareness of issues affecting those who live and work in the countryside.

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BASC South East Airgun Range Day 8th September 2013

An Airgun Range Day, organised by BASC South East will be held on Sunday 8th September at Iden Ferns Airgun Club near Rye in East Sussex. The event will provide air rifle enthusiasts with the chance to shoot a variety of targets across the 40 plus lane Hunter Field Target (HFT) layout, which includes targets in woodland, open ground and over water. It is open to all ages (under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) and all abilities will be catered for. Participants can shoot their own air rifles (under 12ft/lbs. only) or one can be hired for the day at a cost of £10. BASC staff alongside Iden Ferns Airgun Club members will be on hand to provide instruction and support. Dan Reynolds BASC’s South East regional director said: “We are delighted to be working with Iden Fern Airgun Club to put on an Airgun Range Day. There is a great deal of interest in air rifle shooting in the south east and BASC have a very active airgun membership in the region. This event aims to foster further interest in HFT shooting which has seen an exceptional rise in popularity in recent years. Iden Ferns Airgun Club is one of the top facilities in the country, with over 40 HFT lanes which cater for novice and experienced shots alike. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in air rifles to come along to the event and experience HFT for themselves.” The day will start at 10am and cost £7per person.  Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. For further information and to book places please contact the BASC South East office on 01306 631378 or southeast@basc.org.uk

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