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The British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC), Britain’s largest country shooting organisation, has confirmed its attendance and sponsorship of the West Country’s flagship event, the West of England Game Fair. They are offering a range of have-a-go activities for all ages and abilities, plus advice and information.

Management of land and species for shooting is worth more than £250 million a year and has massive benefits for conservation; BASC strives to have this recognised by politicians, the media and the public.

One way is by working with the shooting community and partners to target conservation effort on land which is shot over, in order to achieve public conservation targets. This programme is called Green Shoots and it is extremely successful in linking shooters and non-shooting conservation organisations for the benefit of all wildlife.

The West of England Game Fair provides a platform for discussions and brings such programmes to the forefront.

The event is amongst the first of the great regional game fairs in the calendar and is regularly attended by over 23,000 visitors, allowing those with a passion for rural life to come together in celebration of this special and diverse lifestyle. It will return on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 March 2017 at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

The BASC information stand will be located on the Showering Pavilion balcony with a wide variety of countryside organisations and artists attending, including the Deer Initiative, South West Wildfowling clubs; Avon & Somerset Firearms Licensing; Simon Trinder Wildlife Artist; Dawn Warr, Simon Newman Woodwork, Farlap Photography Studio and more.

High quality tuition and advice from the BASC team is also offered on the shotgun coaching line and Air Rifles.

The BASC Gundog Scurries had great success in 2016. Four scurries will be available this year (all part of the Chudleys Scurry League) and prizes supplied by Chudleys.

There will also be two gundog tests for working dogs with M and M Gundogs. These tests are designed and set up under the watchful eyes of the BASC gundog training team and judged by renowned gundog trainers Martin Love and Martin Harris. The test can be used as part of the competition or as a training exercise.

The National Gamekeepers Organisation; Pass it on Young Sports; Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust are also confirmed as supporters of the show and will offer advice and information on a variety of countryside issues.

Other features at the Game Fair include an on-site Clay Shoot with Bristol Clay Shooting, Falconry, Fly-casting demonstrations and coaching, Archery, Racing Ferrets, Vintage tractors & machinery, and the Taste of Game Cookery Theatre, hosting expert chefs who will demonstrate how to prepare delicious meals from traditional game meats plus a ’have-a-go’ session!

There will be the opportunity to grab great show offers on guns, fishing equipment, gundog equipment, gifts, clothing, paintings, prints, food and much more in the indoor countryside shopping village with over 300 companies.

You can keep up to date with everything happening at the show by visiting our website or joining our Facebook group and following the event on Twitter. You can also book tickets in advance either on the website or call 01392 421500. The West of England Game Fair is open from 9am – 5pm on 18 and 19 March 2017.


The historic pastime of falconry is just one of the many attractions at this year’s Game Fair.  Ben Long obtained his first kestrel in 1971, at which time there were very few falconers in Britain and he has now been involved in falconry as a professional for over 30 years and is a director of The Falconry School based near Gloucester.

Ben will be providing demonstrations and a static display at the West of England Game Fair, which takes place at the Bath & West Showground on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2016. The demonstrations will focus on simulated hunting with Harris Hawks and Falcons plus stooping to the lure. Of course there will be some audience participation which will bring the audience as close as possible to the art of falconry.

The show’s other features will include an on-site clay shoot with Bristol Clay Shooting; BASC shotgun coaching; BASC air rifle coaching; fly-casting demonstrations; gundog training; archery; racing ferrets; vintage tractors and machinery; smallholders area; the Taste of Game Cookery Theatre and much more.

With the opportunity to find great show offers on guns and accessories, fishing equipment, gundog equipment, game feed, gifts, clothing, paintings, prints, food and much more in the indoor countryside shopping village, this is the perfect day out for all the family

You can keep up to date with everything happening at the show by visiting the website or joining the Facebook group ( and following the Fair on Twitter (@WestGamefair).