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
Thousands of people have visited a dedicated webpage set up by BASC to help challenge a ban on shooting imposed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).
BASC is disappointed that Welsh environment minister Hannah Blythyn AM has cancelled a meeting due to be held next week
BASC's conservation work has been recognised by being shortlisted in the inaugural Great British Shooting Awards.
Three of the UK’s leading rural organisations are challenging the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, chairman of the All Party Group for Shooting and Conservation, said after a meeting with Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to discuss high muzzle energy rifles that “the government is reconsidering the ban and is in listening mode”.