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Helens GWT Blogs

You will find all of Helens blogs here, with the latest being at the head of the list.


September is a favourite month for many, as the trees turn their leaves in glorious colour, the grouse season well underway and with some wind and cooler conditions which tend to lift packs after sultry and humid conditions. Lowground shoots are

Glorious Grouse

Just after my last blog we received worrying news regarding United Utilities and their arbitrary decision to withdraw shooting leases for many shoots in the Northwest. This action will directly affect gamekeeper’s jobs and many other rural


We are in the third week of July already and how it has changed from a droughty period and taking water to birds and even ourselves in some cases to a relentless period of rain which has halted harvest and caused some anxiety for poults and late

Blooming June

June Dry for many and critical for others whilst a welcome respite for some; – June has begun as it has done for a few years now – dry for a prolonged period. This means a good start for young birds but also a concern for water requiring filling up

May Day

Happy May Day! May is such a lovely month in the countryside, full of promise and rich growth, summer visitors returning (wheatear, swallows, sand martins to mention a few) and new life everywhere. For some preparation for the season ahead and for


The first day of Spring has already sprung and we are fast approaching the changing of the clocks again. How quickly time goes by.We are constantly surprised and delighted to receive funds from supporters both direct donations i.e. Trusts and shoot

A Happy and Healthy Year

We often take the opportunity in the New Year to reflect on the year past, our loved ones we have lost and our families we hold dear. We consider our future, changes we wish to make, and ultimately give thanks for what we have. For the Gamekeepers’

December 2022

Approaching the festive season and for gamekeepers/stalkers and ghillies and their families – mostly the busiest season, is hectic and can be very stressful. For those who are affected by the bird flu epidemic and wandering birds, for those battling
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