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
This year BASC’s dedicated wildfowling team have helped secure over 32,000 acres of coastal land on behalf of clubs across England.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has called on Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to produce a fit for purpose general licence that seeks to “protect livelihoods, rural economies and the environment”.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has today welcomed the publication of the final report from the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP). The LMDP ran between 2008 and 2016 with the aim of re-establishing Langholm Moor as a driven grouse moor, while simultaneously meeting raptor conservation objectives.
BASC has highlighted shooting’s significant role in enhancing biodiversity, supporting a wide variety of species, following the publication of the State of Nature 2019 report.
MPs from all parties have accepted a BASC birdbox in an initiative to highlight shooting’s contribution to conservation.