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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””

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”

Short Eared Owls Below is a piece written by a member of the Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group about Short Eared Owls. To see what the Gamekeepers in the Yorkshire Dales are doing in their daily lives please follow the group at: http://Yorkshire Dales Moorland Group The short-eared owl, or ‘Shortie’, is an unusual owl becauseContinue reading

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”


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