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If you are looking for a great day out this summer look no further than Kingfisher Simulated game, based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales they have some of the most realistic clay targets in the country, offering the game shot the opportunity to hone his or her skills for the coming season, withContinue reading “Simulated Game Shooting anyone?”
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 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”
Despite the challenges that we have all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, plans can now turn to the forthcoming season, with the hope that shooting will go ahead. As hens come into lay it is vital to implement a proactive worming strategy to ensure that they are of optimum health to provide the best qualityContinue reading “Protect your laying hens this spring.”
We are now at the end of the shooting season and thoughts will turn towards getting next season going already. Gamekeepers all over the UK will be hard at work with spring predator control programs, infrastructure repair, conservation and habitat work and a raft of the other daily jobs that keep you busy. Having aContinue reading “Our Top 5 Fieldsports Podcasts”
A Wiltshire vet has managed to claw back the continental game meat market, teetering on collapse, due to paperwork issues experienced by game shipments on their way to the EU. Since the 1st January 2021, and the UK’s exit from the EU, the game meat sector has been hit by a paperwork fiasco that hasContinue reading “Wiltshire vet rescues game exports to the European Union”
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””
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”
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”
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”
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