BASC has announced that 320 shoots have now joined its Green Shoots Mapping programme which is designed to document shooting’s conservation value.

The programme, which was created in 2012, allows BASC members to use a secure online system to record species and habitats that appear on land managed for shooting and are of national importance. Members can also use the programme to create individual maps to download and share.

According to BASC, members are making maps of their shoots to inform people of the exact location of drives and boundaries, as well as safe routes to and from saltmarshes, and on and off mountains.

This information will help to create a picture of the environment, and BASC hopes to use the data to develop projects that contribute to national and international conservation goals.

The mapping now covers 600 sq km, 3,700 species and 1,300 habitats.

The rest of this article appears in the 15th May issue of Shooting Times.

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