What does BASC stand for?
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
How did BASC come about?
The organisation was founded as the Wildfowlers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland, (WAGBI) in 1908 by Stanley Duncan FZS and Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Bt.
Why did Stanley Duncan form the Association?
There were three main reasons why he set up WAGBI.
- He wanted to help professional wildfowlers;
- He was becoming alarmed at the increasing drainage and subsequent development of much excellent wildfowl habitat;
- He realised that as time went by it would be necessary to defend the sport of wildfowling against the growing enthusiasm of extremists bent on total protection of wild birds.
When and why did WAGBI become BASC?
In 1981 WAGBI changed its name to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). This change was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of that year in recognition of the fact that shooting sports required a single representative body and that WAGBI was the most suitably placed organisation to take on that role. BASC was incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society and formally became The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Limited in January 1997.
How many members does BASC have?
A membership of over 140,000 and growing.
Where is BASC based?
The association’s national headquarters is based at Marford Mill in Rossett, North Wales. There are also four regional centres across England and three national centres in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
What are our key aims?
BASC is a national representative body for sporting shooting. We have five strategic objectives:
- A strong and unified voice for shooting
- All party backing for shooting
- Balanced comment in the media
- Continued opportunity to go shooting
- High standards
For more information please visit www.basc.org.uk