Interest in Forestry: peripheral
The organisation started out as the Wildfowlers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland, (WAGBI) in 1908. It was founded by Stanley Duncan, an engineer from Hull, who was also a highly experienced wildfowler and naturalist.
There were three main reasons why he set up WAGBI.
He wanted to help professional wildfowlers;
He was becoming alarmed at the increasing drainage and subsequent development of much excellent wildfowl habitat;
He realised that as time went by it would be necessary to defend the sport of wildfowling against the growing enthusiasm of extremists bent on total protection of wild birds.
In 1981 WAGBI changed its name to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). This change was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of that year in recognition of the fact that shooting sports required a single representative body and that WAGBI was the most suitable placed organisation to take on that role.
There are currently 127,000 members and that number is growing every year.