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”

Regular worming keeps health threats at bay

Regular worming is essential to combat the hidden threat of parasitic infections in gamebirds. Liam Bell, NGO chairman and head keeper on a pheasant and partridge shoot in South Shropshire, has been worming birds routinely for decades to prevent any increase in worm burden. “Our worm burden is kept to a minimum because we keepContinue reading “Regular worming keeps health threats at bay”

Setting up Poults for Success Naturally

Great days in the field in any season are all about the planning and setting birds up for success. Establishing the right physical foundations for your poults to enable the bird to achieve optimal performance, will not only result in well-developed birds capable of “flying high” to keep customers returning year on year but ensureContinue reading “Setting up Poults for Success Naturally”

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”

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”