Shooting Times talks to BASC council candidate Peter Pursglove
Peter Pursglove, aged 63, is director of wildlife management company, PJP Wildlife Management Limited. He lives in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. He is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections.
What is your shooting and conservation background?
I have been involved in shooting from when I could walk when my father started to take me out with him. From then, it’s become a big part of my life. Conservation-wise, over the years working for the Forestry Commission, I was involved in projects as diverse as bats and crayfish, to deer and heathland management.
What will you do for BASC and for shooting?
BASC and council has changed since I was last on it, I would have to see just how best to use the talents I have.
What skills in your working life would you bring to BASC?
Over my working life I have been gamekeeper/stalker on private estates, worked for the Forestry Commission as a wildlife ranger, and now run my own company, managing deer on Estates.
How would you improve BASC?
Again I think there have been many changes at Marford Mill, so until I am back on council I could not comment on that.
What bad practices in shooting would you tackle?
Are there any bad practices? I think not.
Do you think support for all field sports is necessary for a member of BASC council?
Yes. United we stand divided we fall!!
How would you encourage new people into the sport and new members to join BASC?
I feel that the way forward is to concentrate on the youth of this country, because they are the future of our sport.
What’s your idea of a perfect shooting/sporting day?
A small driven day with a group friends.
What’s your favourite game dish?
Good old roast Pheasant.
The 12 candidates standing for the five contested BASC council places are as follows:
In the Northern Irish and Welsh council seats, for which there will be no ballot, the new council members will be Oliver McCullough (Northern Ireland) Jonathan Garton (Wales).
Profiles of those standing will also be sent to BASC members in the March/April issue of the members’ magazine, along with voting forms. The results will be announced at the organisation’s AGM in June.
For more information about the 2015 elections and BASC council, click here.