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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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The end of October and the turning back of the clocks this weekend

Date posted: October 24, 2013

The last of the shows and fairs for us was held last week at Countryside Live in Harrogate and it was a fine weekend with record numbers.  What more could you ask…  Now to a round of college visits and updating information in time for the job rush!

We have a number of young people wishing to make gamekeeping their career contacting us every day.  This is a laudable aim and one which not all those young people will achieve for various reasons, not least that there are just not sufficient jobs for them.  However this does not mean we should not give them a chance and encourage their interest.  Taking work experience from school, or at college is a key part of their curriculum especially for those studying work based learning programmes.  It is incumbent on us, as gamekeepers, wildlife managers and ghillies to teach the young their trade.  Not only for the generations who come after us but as part of a general mission to teach those less fortunate than ourselves a little of the countryside at least.

Health and safety issues are a major deterrent as well as sheer volume of work and if you are a keeper who is carrying out a heavier workload as a result of cutbacks then you will undoubtedly feel less inclined to encourage a youngster starting out.  However we need a vibrant workforce with a range of ages and experience to continue our heritage.   For those who go on to other careers they will remember a positive experience and support the countryside in all its forms whether eating game or taking part in recreational sport.

Please think about taking a student on your estate/shoot, if only for a day or a week. It will reap dividends in the end.

 

 

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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 […]

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, […]

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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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