Sustainability the focus in BASC’s new Green Shoots Mapping features

BASC’s market-leading Green Shoots Mapping software has launched several new features to boost sustainability credentials and improve functionality.

The newly introduced features have been created so users can see where designated wildlife sites are situated and so they can sort and report their wildlife records. It comes on the back of feedback from members already using the site.

The new features include:

  • Every map can be overlayed with protected sites for nature, helping users appreciate differing environmental protections.
  • Records of wildlife can now be integrated, mapped and exported – allowing users to provide the facts and figures on the benefits of land managed for shooting.
  • Buffer zones can be added to map features to aid users’ understanding for anything from safe fall-out zones of shot to their proximity to protected sites.
  • National Grid references have been added to allow exact recording of events – a request from deer stalkers and wildfowlers in particular.

Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, said: “Shooting can be a powerful force for conservation and like other aspects of our lives we must be able to show that it is sustainable. The addition of protected sites into every map on the site means members have ready and easy access to where they are located so they can consider how their activities could enhance them.

“In terms of showcasing shooting’s environmental net-gain, the Green Shoots Mapping software is the market leader. So much so, it was recently highlighted as having possible uses in the UK Government’s new flagship Environmental Land Management scheme.

“Green Shoots Mapping has a significant part to play in the future of sustainable shooting, we urge anyone involved with land management to make use of it. Ensuring sustainability is what shooting needs to be properly valued by Government and the public. The services provided by Green Shoots Mapping are fundamentally key to sustainability.”