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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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Christmas Spirit

Date posted: December 20, 2014

 

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Sometimes there seems so much negativity around and challenges everywhere including business rates on shooting estates in Scotland, reviews on everything from wildlife crime to gun licensing and animal health.

However there is a great deal of cheer too and not least in the fantastic initiative in the Highlands led by Geva Blackett bringing lonely people together and providing logs, game and a good hot meal. Keepers and stalkers giving up their time to provide fellowship and a good time; that’s what life is all about.

The shooting community provide a great deal of help to good causes and there are many initiatives throughout the year which give much needed funds to charities from Help for Heroes, Cancer charities, Air Ambulance and many many more all worthy and all extremely appreciated. This can be from clay shoots, quiz nights, runs and not least the wonderful bike ride from Yorkshire to the CLA by Chris Wild and his colleagues in July on behalf of Motor Neurone disease.

It doesn’t stop there either – Shooting organisations provide days for ex military soldiers and a great example here is Mike Scott who started his own fundraising through the Philip Scott Memorial fund – providing solace and activities for soldiers being rehabilitated after injury, trauma and just life adjusting into civilian life. Fishing for ladies recovering from breast cancer and so much more; the list goes on.

Matt Limb who is retired from the military and was awarded an OBE for his service runs battle tours which are designed to ensure that people are given information about their relatives and can make the most of their visit which is always moving and poignant. He has kindly offered to organise a tour for anyone interested with profits to GWT. Please have a look at his website.

I hope there will be a positive response not only to reward Matt’s kind offer but to provide a unique experience to people who wish to pay their own respects to those who gave so much to keep our world free.

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Matt Limb Battlefield Tours Ltd
Office (0)1476 560 645
Mobile (0)7 973 518 289
Web Site: www.mlbft.co.uk

With very best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year. For keepers everywhere on lowground shoots it is often a quick gulp of something often before going out feeding again!

Helen M J Benson

Blog archive

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 […]

Read more...

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 […]

Read more...

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, […]

Read more...

Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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11th December 2019

ON election day and approaching a time of giving perhaps it is time to take stock and consider how fortunate we are, even in these testing times.  The resilience of gamekeepers in the face of multiple challenges is amazing, just getting about this autumn has been difficult enough.  To hear and see the sheer ignorance […]

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Hatfield House – The Game Fair 2019

We are setting off to the Game Fair in almost record heat but in typical “can do” attitude for everyone attending. Those of us who live and work in the countryside are used to working with nature, the weather and plan accordingly. There is a huge amount of work involved in just a few days […]

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2018 Review

2018 began with sadness and tragedy, and we remember those we have lost within the Gamekeeping Community. We have risen to the challenge, coming together in “Raising the Game” to address mental health problems and make a difference. As part of this initiative we began “Stag Training”, which continues around the country in 2019, with […]

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Christmas Message

Christmas night is a time of reflection after a hectic day of family celebrations or perhaps a solitary day or perhaps a working day – there are certainly always jobs to do whether feeding round, seeing to the dogs or indoors with a lunch to prepare. For the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust it is a time […]

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Fundraising for GWT & Stag Training

We have now run two Stag Training events and have a progamme of events which can be added to wherever and whenever required.  So please ask. In the meantime we continue to be humbled by brave people who support us.  With a huge thank you to Fern for running the Great North Run in two […]

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“Raising The Game”

We are very much looking forward to The Game Fair where we have our stand on row K1113 (Gunmakers Row) – do call and see us. The work undertaken over recent months through our collective initiative is gaining ground and momentum.  With a number of organisations/companies including information on their websites or newsletters and offers […]

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