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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”

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”

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