Founded in 1908, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), formerly the Wildfowlers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland (WAGBI), is the largest fieldsports organisation in the UK. It campaigns to protect and promote country shooting and conservation.
Country shooting includes live quarry shooting of game, wildfowl and the management of pest species.
Today it has 148,000 members and employs over 100 full-time staff across the UK.
BASC’s headquarters is in Rossett, near Chester and throughout the UK support, help and guidance is provided by full-time regional directors centred on four English regions - the North, Central, South East and South West. There is also the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offices. A Council is elected by the Association's members and are responsible for the strategy and management of BASC.
- To build all-party support for shooting sports.
- To secure balanced coverage in the media.
- To ensure our members have the opportunity and the means to go shooting.
- To promote high standards of conduct in the field and publish a number of codes of practice covering many aspects of firearms safety and use, the conduct of shooting sports, pest control and animal welfare.
- BASC members are expected to obey the law and to observe codes of practice.
More details on all of the above can be found on the BASC website at BASC.org.uk
BASC, Countryside Alliance, the Game Farmers’ Association and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation have been granted permission by the High Court to each register as a joint interested party in the Wild Justice proceedings against Defra.
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.
BASC is urging Wild Justice to reconsider its decision to launch a legal challenge against general licences in Wales at a time of national crisis.
Tens of thousands of firearm certificate holders could be at risk of breaking the law as the coronavirus outbreak restricts police resources, according to BASC.
Courtesy of BASC, visitors to this year’s Northern Shooting Show who are aged 15-years-old and younger will get complimentary entry alongside a fee-paying adult.