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Meet the Team – Woodpigeon

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Ian Danby Head of Biodiversity Projects

Ian Danby has a degree in Ecology and Environmental Management and has been a freelance ecologist working for local authorities and wildlife trusts, his primary skills being botanical survey and generating management plans. His last contract before joining BASC in 1999 was with the Nottingham Wildlife Trust’s Environmental Consultancy. Ian took the position of Biodiversity Officer to develop BASC’s Biodiversity Action Plan for shooting called Green Shoots. He is now Head of Biodiversity Projects with three staff working on targeted conservation projects which achieve biodiversity targets in Cheshire, the Somerset Levels and North Wales. These projects are now part of our Green Shoots programme of work.

Ian was introduced to shooting by his father and came to BASC with a keen interest in decoying woodpigeon and rough shooting. He discovered wildfowling when joining BASC and is now a committed wildfowler too. Ian and his wife Jayne are the proud parents of Thomas who is keen to learn about shooting sports.



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Dr Matthew Ellis Head of Science

Matthew Ellis has joined BASC following completion of a BSc (Hons) in zoology and a PhD in pheasant ecology at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in a number of countryside sports including rough shooting, wood pigeon shooting and stalking. He also enjoys photography, and is a keen amateur entomologist.

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Glynn Evans Head of game and gundog department

Glynn is head of game and deer management. Before coming to BASC he was a fulltime keeper for over 25 years working on estates in Gloucestershire and Norfolk including over 20 years on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. He has an active interest in all types of shooting and deer stalking and especially likes working with gundogs.  He has a lifelong interest in training, working and competing with gundogs as well as running and judging both spaniels and retrievers in tests and trials.

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James Green Head of Wildfowling

James joined BASC as the South West regional officer in 2007 after spending 10 years in the building industry. Throughout this time James spent the majority of his free time learning his trade on the estuary chasing ducks and geese. It is fair to say that James is passionate countryman with a keen interest in many forms of country sports but wildfowling has always had a particularly strong hold. Probably due to the enthusiasm passed on by his dad Chris Green ‘the Cornish Countryman’, in fact James first joined his dad on the foreshore at just 4 years old. The wildfowling bug took hold and it excites him as much today as it did all those years ago.

James is delighted to be the head of the new wildfowling department and looks forward to working with clubs and organisations around the country in a bid to safeguard the sport for future generations.

Address Unit 1D/E Dulford Business Park Broad Road, Dulford, Cullompton Devon EX15 2DY
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David Ilsley Head of Marketing & Membership Services

David Ilsley is BASC’s Head of Marketing & Membership Services. His main shooting interests are airgunning and pigeon shooting, and also spends over 20 days a year beating on local shoots.

David has worked at BASC since 1995 and has been shooting for over 30 years.

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Nick Lane Senior Training & Development Quality Assurance Officer

After a successful 27 year career in the Army I joined BASC in 2005 as the Training Officer initially responsible for the Wild Game Meat Hygiene programme. As the Senior Training Development & Quality Assurance Officer, responsibilities now include the Deer Assessment Centre, delivery of various training programmes to members, development of curriculums and course material, evaluating training providers, supporting various aspects of the Training & Education dept. programme, and the development of Training Policy documents departmental and Association, along with training for the BASC commercial department.

A lifelong interest and passion in deer, rifle shooting and the training of deer and related subjects, along with a lifelong interest in air rifle shooting, game shooting and fly fishing, particularly wild brown trout river fishing. recently has become interested in wildlife photography, in particular deer and bird photography.

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Dr Peter Marshall Head of Training and Education

Joining the BASC team in 2004 with a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Population biology, at Leicester University and Dundee University respectively, Peter initially worked in the Research Department before taking on the role of Director of Shooting Standards in 2007.

He is now responsible for setting the standards within shooting sports, training, coaching, education and introducing young people to shooting through BASC’s young shots programme. He has a great love of most forms of shooting, acquired whilst growing up in the Cambridgeshire fens, although he is particularly interested in wildfowling, rough shooting and fishing.

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Tommy Mayne Country Director – BASC Northern Ireland

Address BASC Northern Ireland Centre 33 Castle Street Lisburn Co Down BT27 4SP
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Meurig Rees Country Officer – BASC Wales

Meurig Rees is the BASC Wales Country Officer.

A fluent Welsh speaker, Meurig was born and raised in Ceredigion, West Wales. From a farming background dating back to his grandparents, through to his late father who was a farm manager for a local estate and today with family still farming in the area, Meurig really has his roots firmly in the rural community.

After leaving Cardigan Secondary School, Meurig spent 11 years as a bricklayer and stonemason until he joined the MOD Fire Service. This provided an opportunity to spend time at many of the MOD establishments within Wales, England and Scotland and he remained within the MOD until joining BASC in April 2005.

Meurig has been involved in all aspects of shooting sports for over 35 years. He is currently a member of a local duck and pheasant syndicate and is an experienced clay target shooter, gaining numerous County and International honours and has served as an executive committee Member of the Welsh Clay Target Shooting Association and was the WCTSA county coordinator for Dyfed. As a member of the county team Meurig helped Dyfed to be the Welsh inter-county champions on many occasions. He was also team manager to the Welsh International Team for a number of years.
Having owned and trained spaniels most of his life, Meurig has just trained his first Labrador. Ceri has already been a great attraction at various BASC events in Wales during 2008 as part of the gundog display team and she has just finished her first season picking up at a number of local shoots.

Meurig’s real passion is providing a valuable fox control service to farmers in West Wales, with a rifle during both day and night time hours, and has accounted for thousands of foxes over the last 25 years.

Address BASC PO Box 55 Llandysul SA38 9WY

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