One of BASC's key roles is representing your opinions, and the interests of the sporting shooting community, to government. With continual legislative proposals emerging from Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, and further afield, the association is constantly responding to consultations and fresh initiatives. Some directly affect shooting, others, which often seem innocuous, can have severe implications for our sport if we are not constantly vigilant.
Below are our latest responses to consultations
BASC welcomes proposed right of appeal for shooters on coastal access - 14 June 2010
BASC has welcomed Defra's proposal to provide a full right of appeal to the Secretary of State for owners of sporting rights and those with a sporting tenancy on land affected by new rights of coastal access. This safeguard would mean that if shooting interests are not properly accounted for at the planning stage then an objection can be heard at the highest level possible.
Good news for shooters in Scottish wildlife law review - 14 May 2010
The Scottish Government has announced that compulsory testing proposals for deer stalking have been scrapped and that game licences and sales restrictions will be abolished. This follows a consultation last year on the content of a proposed Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill.
English code of practice on the welfare of gamebirds - latest update - 16 April 2010
A code of practice on the welfare of gamebirds reared for sporting purposes has been laid before Parliament. The code should ensure high standards of welfare in game farming. This would include not placing birds in very small spaces, a practice currently followed by only a few game farms in England. This update addresses the latest questions raised about the wording of the code.
Welsh code of practice on the welfare of gamebirds - latest update - 16 April 2010
BASC Wales has responded to a consultation on the wording of the draft code. As part of that response it has recommended that the Welsh Assembly Government revises the draft code to contain practical guidance on minimum space provisions per bird for pheasant and partridge egg laying systems and a maximum time of confinement for pheasant and partridge laying stock.
Scottish code of practice on the welfare of gamebirds - latest update - 16 April 2010
BASC Scotland has responded to a consultation on the wording of the draft code. As part of that response it has recommended that The Scottish Government revises the draft code to contain practical guidance on minimum space provisions per bird for pheasant and partridge egg laying systems and a maximum time of confinement for pheasant and partridge laying stock.
BASC looks out for home loaders and pest controllers on EU laws - 17 February 2010
BASC has sought clarity on a number of issues of relevance to UK shooters in response to consultations that affect ammunition and its components for home loading; for the use of scaring cartridges, rockets, rope bangers, mole smokes, flares and signal smoke.
Compulsory micro-chipping of dogs proposed for Northern Ireland - 1 February 2010
Compulsory micro-chipping and an increase in the dog licence fee are amongst proposals to change dog control legislation in Northern Ireland. BASC believes that these measures would simply add a burden on responsible dog owners, without helping to reduce dog abandonment.
Councils to receive funding for coastal change projects - 3 December 2009
A list of councils, how much money they will get, and what that money can be spent on, has been published by Defra in follow-up to their coastal change policy. Funding ranges from £38,000 to £1.5 million per council. This is an opportunity for wildfowlers and other shooters to engage in local coastal change projects including managed retreat projects that could provide new shooting and conservation opportunities.
BASC calls for a better deal for shooters within the public forest estate - 28 September 2009
BASC believes that there are currently double standards in the way in which recreational activities are supported within the public forest. For example mountain bikers and walkers enjoy the provision of extra infrastructure to support their activities whereas shooters have to pay for the rights to shoot over the forest and then pay for the shoots' infrastructure.
Wildfowling is a sustainable activity on Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve - 11 August 2009
BASC welcomes the acknowledgement by Scottish Natural Heritage that wildfowling is a sustainable activity on Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. BASC has provided recommendations for the future management of the site for shooting and conservation.
BASC Supports the Welsh Assembly Government Proposals to Eradicate Bovine Tuberculosis in Wales - 30 July 2009
The consultation seek views on an Order to allow for badger control strategies, alongside cattle measures, to pursue the eradication of bovine tuberculosis in Wales.
BASC welcomes Defra's decision on set-aside - 9 July 2009
Farmers now have the voluntary approach they wanted to replacing the environmental benefits of set-aside. It is now up to farmers to demonstrate that this will provide the necessary benefits for quarry species and wildlife.
BASC calls for a TV and radio ban on the advertising of guns and shoot days to be lifted - 19 June 2009
According to a Broadcast Advertising Standards Code currently being reviewed a charity clay shoot would not be able to advertise on local radio and a gun shop would not be able to advertise on TV. This is an infringement of civil liberties because it treats shooting as an illegal activity and BASC is calling for this draconian restriction to be scrapped.
BASC advises Food Standards Agency on its strategy for 2010-2015 - 4 June 2009
BASC has been promoting game as a healthy, sustainable and highly nutritious food source since the mid 1960's and through its Game's On campaign which was launched in 2005. BASC urges the FSA to ensure that all food retailers understand the many health benefits associated with game meat amongst other key recommendations.
BASC wants Natural England to make funds available to support the work carried out by shooters - 4 June 2009
In a consultation response BASC has demonstrated the significant contribution of shooting to the countryside and its ecosystem services. BASC wants this contribution recognised in ecosystem related government policies and funding to support the work carried out by shooters.
BASC says deactivated firearms proposal needs to be deferred pending more evidence - 22 May 2009
In its response to the Home Office consultation 'Controls on Deactivated Firearms', BASC recommends that any decision which affects the ownership of deactivated firearms should be deferred until a report has been received from the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NaBIS). That NaBIS report should be based on at least 2 years evidence and should give a proper assessment of the criminal use of deactivated firearms.
BASC seeks clarity on Natural England's draft policy for invasive non-native species - 29 April 2009
BASC seeks assurance that Natural England's policy will be led by the Invasive Non-native Species Framework Strategy for Great Britain.
BASC gives advice to DARD NI on Animal By Product Regulations - 8 April 2009
In its response BASC has made recommendations to DARD NI on several points in relation deer stalking, pest control and game meat processing from a Northern Ireland perspective.
BASC Response to Consultation on English general licences - 3 March 2009
BASC has made recommendations to Natural England relating to the listing and methods of killing Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls, the sale of dead Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronted Geese, guidance on documentary evidence for the sale of mallard, and a point of principle on reporting requirements for a general licence, amongst other issues addressed in its response.
BASC advises against devolving responsibility for firearms - 23 February 2009
BASC has a clear policy on firearms controls. This is an overarching aim for a single UK wide jurisdiction for firearms control and BASC rejects the notion that devolving firearms control would benefit public safety.
BASC calls on forestry service to recognise shooting - 6 February 2009
BASC wants the strategic importance of sporting shooting for forestry recreational use and management recognised in the Forest Service NI strategy.
Current consultations being reviewed by BASC