British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

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.

BASC’s aims

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Significant grant awarded to save curlew from local extinction

The Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) has agreed a £75,000 grant to help restore the breeding curlew population in Southern England. The grant has been awarded to the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) ‘Combating the Curlew Crisis Project’, which forms part of the WWT’s overall Eurasian curlew recovery work. This project focuses on securing the breeding population… Read more »

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Certificate holders facing firearms licensing ‘postcode lottery’, says BASC

BASC’s fourth annual review of firearms licensing performance shows a wide spectrum of results, ranging from very good to “shockingly dreadful”. BASC’s director of firearms has called for consistency of performance following the publication of the review’s results in the form of a league table and said the figures strongly suggest the solution to the problem… Read more »