Defra’s research on dog e-collars is “very seriously flawed and should not be relied on”

The scientific case for Defra’s proposed ban on training dogs with electronic collars has fallen apart. Bias in Defra’s research has been revealed along with a prima facie reason for that bias: the Department knew that the academics it was commissioning for its £539,000 research project had campaigned against e-collars. Four separate expert reviews haveContinue reading “Defra’s research on dog e-collars is “very seriously flawed and should not be relied on””

Replanting hedgerows in Nidderdale

Another fantastic article written by the Nidderdale Moorland Group explaining how sporting estates do a lot of conservation work that does not just benefit shooting. The Estates are managing the ground so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. Alongside digging drainage grips on our moorlands after the two world wars, we also lostContinue reading “Replanting hedgerows in Nidderdale”

The latest Avian Flu Guidance from Defra

On 21st November, Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in poultry and captive birds at a premises near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 23rd November and a 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone put in place around the infected premises. On 19th November, Avian influenza H5N8 was also confirmed in captive birds at a wetlandContinue reading “The latest Avian Flu Guidance from Defra”

Gamekeepers Welfare Trust

New Counselling service for Gamekeepers and their families The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust (GWT) supports retired gamekeepers, stalkers and their families and increasingly working keepers, often under the most intense stress and pressure.   Health is paramount to working lives in a physically demanding job but the effects on the individual gamekeeper and his/her family from mentalContinue reading “Gamekeepers Welfare Trust”

The Parliamentary debate on Heather Burning. 18th November 2020

Below is a fantastic article ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on Heather Burning. It is written by the Peak District Moorland Group, it dispels the common misconceptions that are far too often spread about by those who have other agendas. Ahead of the Westminster Hall debate today, originally promoted to discuss the practice ofContinue reading “The Parliamentary debate on Heather Burning. 18th November 2020”

Raptor Licensing – a way forward

Wildlife crime is a hot topic at the moment and it is being fuelled by the populist belief that everything written on social media by those with an agenda against shooting is gospel. This film that has been produced by Scotland’s regional moorland groups is a very well balanced view of a way forward inContinue reading “Raptor Licensing – a way forward”

General Licences 2021

New General Licences come into effect on 1 January 2021 New licences published today (Monday 9 November) by Defra for the control of birds such as woodpigeons, crows and magpies have been given a mixed reception by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO). The General Licences (GL40, GL41 and GL42) will come into effect throughout England on 1Continue reading “General Licences 2021”

Dog thefts, an increasing problem.

With Dog thefts on the increase across the country never has there been a more important time to look at the security measures that you can put in place to keep you dogs safe. Every week we are hearing reports of dogs stolen from kennels or from vehicles, and the stress and worry of havingContinue reading “Dog thefts, an increasing problem.”

Covid Guidelines as of the 31st October 2020

We are waiting for further Government information since the announcement on Saturday 31 October and we will, as ever, keep members up to date via email, our website or social media pages. From the information that has been issued so far, it is clear that recreational game shooting will be on pause for the durationContinue reading “Covid Guidelines as of the 31st October 2020”