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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”

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”

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