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’s dedicated ladies’ shooting team is once again on the lookout for nominations for its BASC Ladies Star of Shooting Award.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a trial period to extend the licence allowing the sale of greylag goose meat across Scotland.
BASC has launched a Scottish-specific survey on general licences to help feed into the decision-making process following the launch of Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) consultation. If you use the general licences in Scotland it is essential that you complete the survey and have your voice heard.
In a Home Office consultation published today the Government could land the shooting community with a £48 million bill for new medical arrangements in firearms licensing.
The Home Office has written to BASC to announce that the consultation on firearms licensing statutory guidance, including medical involvement, will be launched shortly.