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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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Ending March like a Lion

Date posted: March 28, 2015

For the Northern moors there has been sufficient good weather to get on well with burning and the pheasant and partridge shoots seem to have good stocks which bodes well for the season ahead all being well.  

That said, make sure you take a holiday or break before the busy season wherever you are.  

The forthcoming election brings uncertainty and nervousness, however the working gamekeeper has much to do and has strong organisations who will be working hard on their behalf to protect their interests and that of the industry and profession as a whole.

For the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust we have also much to do, in supporting individuals and families and ensuring that we continue to bang the drum that we are here to help wherever you are and whatever the presenting problem.  

At the beginning of the month we attended Newton Rigg’s conference which was again an excellent day; coming together, learning through the various workshops and listening to some thought provoking and informative afternoon speakers.  Well done Malcolm and his team.

We then turned attention to the SGA AGM and BASC Gamekeeper day which again were informative and valuable in bringing gamekeepers together.  It will be interesting to see the Year of the Rural Worker unfold which is a focus of the SGA for the forthcoming year. Their tireless efforts are to be applauded.

Unfortunately we have received a number of calls regarding redundancy this month. It is disappointing that some estate owners and employers seem to have little regard for the short window in which gamekeepers can gain other employment within the industry.  Cost cutting is the main reason given for change and re-structure and is inevitable in some cases whilst avoidable in others.  Taking advice from an incumbent gamekeeper who has intimate knowledge of the estate along with a good working knowledge of budgets and cash flow is sometimes sadly under used.

We have visited some colleges this month which is always a pleasure.  There are some really outstanding students, keen to learn and get out into the field.  We wish them all well as they move forward into employment.  We are always there for them at any stage.

Our own Trustees Meeting was held last week which is an excellent opportunity to take stock and review our work and achievements over the past year.  The letters and cards we receive are testament to the value of our support which is our reward – an absolute privilege to serve the gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies.

We have plans ahead to improve our service and ensure we become better known to anyone who may need help.  These will roll out gradually as the year unfolds.

It is looking like March is going out like a lion and we look forward to the NGO AGM shortly and Game Fair season thereafter.   I can confirm that we will be attending the CLA Game Fair and will give further details on where we will be in due course.  Our association with BASC,  GWCT,  NGO  and SGA continues to be valued beyond measure and we will continue to be with them wherever possible throughout the season.

Helen

 

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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