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Children learn about land and wildlife management during BASC event hosted at Lackham
15 August 2018

Children learn about land and wildlife management during BASC event hosted at Lackham

Wiltshire children got the chance to explore the Lackham grounds during a summer holiday activity day specialising in land and wildlife management.

Twenty-six children aged between eight and 16-years-old took part in the Young Shots day at Wiltshire College hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation to learn how to shoot in a safe and responsible way.

Activities included clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, pigeon decoy and hide building as well as a woodland walk.

This was the third time that 11-year-old Charlie from Sopworth had taken part in a Young Shots day, saying: “I’ve really enjoyed the days I have taken part in before and this one was just as fun.

“I enjoy clay pigeon shooting in my own time.”

Lucy, aged 12, also from Sopworth, had never been to a Young Shots day but wanted to take part after hearing about her friend Charlie’s experiences.

She said: “I was quite nervous at the start of the day as I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’ve surprised myself as I did quite well at the clay pigeon shooting.

“I would definitely recommend it to other young people like me.”

All the children were coached and chaperoned by trained BASC staff and volunteers, which included Land and Wildlife Management lecturer Neil Bianchi.

He said: “It was fantastic to host BASC today at our Lackham campus for the Young Shots day.

“Everyone had a great time and it’s a great way for us to let young people know the courses we offer here at Lackham.”

To see more photographs from the day, visit our Facebook page.

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