BASC council candidate – Sally-Anne Cockerill

Sally-Anne Cockerill, aged 34, is a chartered surveyor. She lives in the beautiful countryside of north Devon. She 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 actively involved in country sports my entire life,…

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Hartpury College wins Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot

Hartpury College was awarded the Gamekeeping College Challenge Shield, beating off strong compeititon from runners-up Newton Rigg. Hartpury College also walked away with the high gun prize thanks to the individual brilliance of student Jack Lilwall. Each of the 23 teams, drawn from 11 colleges across the UK, shot at…

BASC council candidate – Neil Chalmers

Neil Chalmers, aged 66, is a spoken communications consultant and a retired hotelier and advertising executive. He lives in Kent. 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 started and run three shoots and…

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Day at Scone Palace

The Scottish Gamekeepers Day’, organised by BASC, provides gamekeepers across Scotland with a forum for debating important issues such as game bird disease management, and allows gamekeepers to stay abreast of changes in the law. A clay shooting competition will also be included in the day’s events. BASC Scotland director…

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…

BASC council candidate – Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner, aged 26, is a rural chartered surveyor. She lives in rural north Devon on the edge of Exmoor. She is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? My father is head picker-up on the Castle…

Gun licence fee increases put to Parliament for approval

Government proposals to increase gun licence fees that would see the cost of a shotgun certificate rise from £50 to £79.50 have been put to Parliament for approval. The firearms licensing fees order contains suggested increases based on the findings of a Home Office working group that included representatives from…

BASC council candidate – Simon Kibble

Simon Kibble, aged 55, is a self-employed construction worker. He lives on the Nottingham/Derby border. 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 out and involved in the countryside, shooting and hunting since…

BASC council candidate – Ann Mortimer

Professor Ann Mortimer, aged 57, is a professor of psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist. She lives in rural East Yorkshire. She is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Until 10 years ago, I didn’t have one.…

BASC council candidate – Nicholas Powell

Nicholas Powell, aged 45, is a factory manager. He lives in Shropshire and is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Thirty years of Wildfowling, with 15 years of reloading, game and rough shooting, vermin control, clayshooting…

BASC council candidate – Alisdair Troup

Alisdair Troup, aged 35, is the managing director of well-respected stalking, hunting and shooting retailer Bushwear. He lives in Auchterarder, Perthshire. He is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? I grew up on a small sporting…

Labour promise to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates”

Labour promise to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates”

Party leader Ed Miliband said: “Our Labour values tell us that we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on…

Candidates for BASC council announced

The candidates for election to BASC council this summer have been announced. Twelve members from across the country have put their names forward to fight it out for five contested places on the council and two further candidates have stepped up to take responsibility for uncontested council seats representing Northern…

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Last chance to respond to gun licence fee consultation

Shooters have under a week to respond to the Home Office’s consultation on increasing gun licence fees, which closes on 29 December. The increases proposed in the consultation were calculated by an all party parliamentary working group in consultation with representatives of the shooting community from BASC and the British…