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”

Protect your laying hens this spring.

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.”

Our Top 5 Fieldsports Podcasts

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”

Replanting hedgerows in Nidderdale

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”

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”

Covid Guidelines as of the 31st October 2020

We are waiting for further Government information since the announcement on Saturday 31 October and we will, as ever, keep members up to date via email, our website or social media pages. From the information that has been issued so far, it is clear that recreational game shooting will be on pause for the durationContinue reading “Covid Guidelines as of the 31st October 2020”

The Venison Market Needs A New Approach

Tim Weston – NGO Development Officer looks at the changing venison market Even before the COVID pandemic the venison market in the UK had a bit of a wobble. The vast majority of the venison that is shot and processed in the UK ends up going into the European market and the way people areContinue reading “The Venison Market Needs A New Approach”