The British Association for Shooting & Conservation

With more than 155.000 members, The British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) is the largest hunting and conservation organisation in the UK. BASC was originally founded in 1908 as the Wildfowlers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland (WAGBI) to address declining waterfowl populations and loss of over-wintering habitat.

To this day, BASC continues the work towards conservation of waterfowl through a network of wildfowling clubs and volunteer conservation work carried out by members across the UK, as well as through international work with key environmental treaties.

In order to facilitate the protection and management of land for wildfowl, BASC established the Wildlife Habitat Trust in 1986. The trust raises funds through sales of an annual duck stamp and other associated products. Since its beginning, the trust has raised over £2 million which have been used to buy land and restore wetlands in the UK and Europe.