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BASC Press Release, South-West Shoot Development Days

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South West Shoot Development Days


7th March 2012.



Two shoot development days designed to help small shoots make the most of their shooting ground will take place on 31st March in Wiltshire and 21st April in Devon. Participants will be able to learn from examples of best practice and benefit from the expert knowledge of gamekeepers.


The first shoot development day in the Westcountry will take place at Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, on a downland pheasant and partridge shoot. The second will take place in Tiverton, Devon, on a pheasant shoot.


The events will include expert advice from a game cover crop company and will focus on game rearing, pest control and woodland management. People will be able to raise issues on which they would like advice.


The practical development days will be delivered by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), in partnership with Country Sports South West; an EU-funded tourism project which aims to help businesses reach country sports visitors, raise quality and assist with development to create a premier country sports destination in South West England.


Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, said:

“The South West has a large number of small shoots and these shoot development days are designed with them in mind. Participants will be able to find out what they can do to make the most of their own shoots by walking a successful existing shoot in the company of gamekeepers.”


Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said:

“Country Sports South West development officers will be available to offer follow-up advice and guidance to the participants so they can easily implement new ideas or techniques. This will ultimately help them to create more opportunities for their syndicates and shoots.”


Places on the day will cost £70 for BASC members and £136 for non-members (which will include an optional 12 months BASC membership).


To book places, call BASC on 01244 573019.


Please note a moderate level of physical fitness is required.



Notes to editors:


For media information contact Liz Parsons, country sports marketing & PR officer, on

07585 967452 / 01823 480 938 or email liz.parsons@basc.org.uk


A photograph is available to download from

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Country Sports South West

Country Sports South West is one of six regional projects in the Sustainable Rural Tourism programme and is part-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. In England, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013 is delivered by DEFRA. It is an important part of the Common Agricultural Policy and helps create genuinely sustainable farming, forestry and food sectors, whilst bringing wider benefits for the economy, the environment and rural communities. It is the European Union's major investment route for protecting and enhancing the environment while securing a range of public benefits for society. DEFRA is the managing authority.




The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

BASC is the UK's largest shooting organisation. It provides a public voice for shooting and conservation and works with all political parties to achieve balanced representation. BASC works with the Regional Development Agency to implement sustainable habitat and wildlife management in accordance with the Rural Development Programme for England and campaigns on issues affecting shooting and conservation across the UK. We defend private firearms ownership and use, promote habitat and sustainable quarry population management and encourage access to shooting and best practice in the field.




Westcountry Rivers Trust

The Westcountry Rivers Trust is an environmental charity (Charity no. 1135007, Company no. 06545646) established in 1995 to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments in the Westcountry and to advance the education of the public in the management of water.


A cornerstone of our philosophy is working in partnership with external individuals and organisations to share expertise and facilitate better information transfer. By collaborating with a whole range of stakeholders - ranging from individual businesses through to academic institutions, NGOs and government departments - the Trust aims to circumvent sectoral interests and encourages joint solutions to the complex environmental problems our society currently faces.


The Trust operates the Ecosystem Approach, which was designed by the IUCN. This approach allows us to implement environmental change at the appropriate level and means that rather than forcing our will on individuals and communities, we empower them to take ownership, and thus responsibility for the work, thus creating sustainable change.




British Association for Shooting & Conservation, Marford Mill Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL United Kingdom

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