What’s in a name?

If you weren’t called a gamekeeper what would you be called? In last month’s edition of the NGO’s Keeping the Balance magazine, it raised a thorny question and looked at the arguments on both sides of the debate. Back in the spring, Guns on Pegs ran an article asking whether gamekeepers should change the nameContinue reading “What’s in a name?”

Hold’em Tight

Marsdens Game Feeds has been designing and manufacturing quality feed for the game community for over 60 years. The consistent, high quality, nutritious feeds cater to wide-ranging shoot sizes; from large partridge shoots like Iford Downs, to small family-friendly syndicate shoots like the Bagsby and Kelfield. Marsdens diets are tailored to support stronger, healthier game birds, allContinue reading “Hold’em Tight”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: Austin Weldon tells us about life as a New Forest keeper

A passion – pure and simple (photos by Lee Knight) Where are you based? I work for Forestry England covering the New Forest’s Burley beat in Hampshire. You are a keeper but not in the obvious sense, please explain your role to us? The New Forest was designated as a hunting area by King WilliamContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: Austin Weldon tells us about life as a New Forest keeper”

Shaping Birds Up for a Successful 2021 Season

As we approach autumn, many are prepping birds for the beginning of the shooting season. Protecting bird health and supporting vitality by ensuring the provision of optimal nutrition is always key post release, when new environmental and disease challenges pose a greater risk to bird fitness and survivability.   Supporting gut health is fundamental in helpingContinue reading “Shaping Birds Up for a Successful 2021 Season”

Setting up Poults for Success Naturally

Great days in the field in any season are all about the planning and setting birds up for success. Establishing the right physical foundations for your poults to enable the bird to achieve optimal performance, will not only result in well-developed birds capable of “flying high” to keep customers returning year on year but ensureContinue reading “Setting up Poults for Success Naturally”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO and lives and works in Wensleydale

Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO. Born and raised in Wensleydale, Ian has lived and worked in the area all his life. Where do you work and why? I work at Bolton Castle estate in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, where I have been Headkeeper for thirteen seasons. I was born andContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO and lives and works in Wensleydale”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet

___________________________________________________________________ For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet. The River Kennet is a chalk stream which rises in Avebury, Wiltshire and joins the Thames at Reading.  In the latest in our series looking at the lives of keepers across England and Wales,Continue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: Keeper, Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater

Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater while working full-time for a housing association. She is now head-keeper on an estate in Cumbria. We catch up with her during her favourite season, in what has been a difficult year for many, and hear her views onContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: Keeper, Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: A keeper gives us an insight into his daily life on an estate in Dorset

A Gamekeepers’ Life Many people assume that March is the ‘quiet’ time of year for keepers. But it’s all hands-on deck prepping for the season. We met up with Kevin Rudd, head keeper on the 2,500 acre Ranston Estate in Dorset who was in the middle of planting 7,000 Douglas firs, managing hedgerows and startingContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: A keeper gives us an insight into his daily life on an estate in Dorset”