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August – heather and host

July went out with a heat wave and August came in with the eagerly awaited heather bloom to follow.  Our “glorious grouse” have encountered different and varying difficulties from predation (increasing), to a reduction in nutrition where heather beetle has taken a hold and particularly dry conditions early on in some places too.  Upland keepers […]

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Midsummer – the joys and the challenges

Well, we have had the longest day and are in for a scorcher of a week – welcome news for wildlife and consequential insect life where water is abundant and the showers over the past week or two have certainly helped. It is still uncertain for some shooting estates, stalking estates and fishing interests however […]

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May VE Celebrations 2020

May day took on a new meaning this year and Victory in Europe day we hope will mean the start of a new normal, setting out how we move from lock down into meeting our loved ones and getting back to work for some and planning ahead for many. VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, […]

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News and events

A Gamekeeper’s Reflections

Date posted: November 4, 2011

When I penned these verses I never thought for one moment they would appear in print, and I am indebted to my daughter, Amy, for persuading me to have it done, for her editorial and for the illustrations.

I would like to express grateful appreciation to Chris Catlin for his advice and sub-editing, and special thanks to Sophia Gallia for her extensive help.

Thank you to Buccleugh Sporting, Judge’s Choice Dog Food and The Shooting Times and Country Magazine, who have sponsored this book. Its proceeds will go to two causes close to my heart – The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation Charitable Trust and Gamekeeper Welfare Network.

For those who read it, the gamekeepers and other countrymen and women, I hope they recognise much of what I have tried to convey. To any others my wish is that it may give them an insight into what we are and how we view our countryside. I have not lived in the northern Penninne Dales, with their plants, birds and lead mining ghosts, for forty years without it leaving a lasting impression.

Lastly this is for all the gamekeepers gone and for all those to come; for without them the countryside would have been, and will be, a poorer place.”

Lindsay Waddell 2008

A Gamekeeper’s Reflections

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News archive

GWT providing new services following on from the GWT survey

Prior to beginning our programme of training courses on line, fact sheets and webinars on financial health, housing issues and mental health and resilience awareness we have put together a video to explain our reasons, process and progress.  Click below to see and hear how it was done and how we progress what you wanted […]

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GWT HIND COURSE

Today we launch the Hind Course which is designed for gamekeepers’ wives and partners and will be delivered on line by Sally Thompson who is a GWT volunteer and mental health professional. The Hind Course aims to promote mental health well being and awareness, build resilience and provide coping strategies and information on where to […]

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Gamekeeping for Life Festival 2020

The Gamekeeping for Life Festival is now live!! However technical problems mean our festival will be held now through this news page and social media. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Join us in our “YEAR OF THE GAMEKEEPER 20/21” celebrating the role of the gamekeeper as true custodian of the countryside and have another […]

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Raising the Game Survey published

The Raising the Game Survey follows on from the initiative in 2008 and which we have been working on since then with the Stag Training courses, packs and other work around supporting gamekeepers and their families. That gamekeepers work long hours, put off retirement and have little outside recreational activity will not be a surprise […]

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Firearms and Mental Health from Police Scotland

Firearms and Mental Health Introduction EVERYONE’S mental health is important and at some point, in all our lives the majority of us will be affected by circumstances or feelings that can impact negatively on us. It is important that members of the shooting community, as well as their family, friends and colleagues, understand that it’s […]

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New message from Police Scotland regarding shotgun and firearms licensing during the Corona Virus Crisis

NFEL – Coronavirus response The current unprecedented circumstances in respect of the Coronavirus has impacted on the ability of Police Scotland to deliver a number of business as usual functions.  It is necessary that we have as many officers as possible available to front line operational policing and support our colleagues in the NHS. As […]

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GWT Trustee Raymond’s Message

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The Year of the Gamekeeper 2020

  The Year of the Gamekeeper 2020 is a multi organisational initiative which aims to raise the profile of gamekeepers and celebrate their unique position as custodians of the countryside as well as support and sustain the long term future of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust. Our ability to support gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their families– […]

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March Newsletter 2019

Welcome to the new look monthly newsletter STAG Training Update We have received excellent feedback from the STAG training, which isdelivered on behalf of and in collaboration with the GamekeepersWelfare Trust. The course has been designed by Ex-Marines to tackledifficult issues such as leadership, communication, coping mechanismsand health and well being. The comments we have received are all […]

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Raise the Game

Please complete our survey and share it with other gamekeepers, stalkers & ghillies. This is the link to the survey: https://surveyhero.com/c/6d1ce273

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