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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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APRIL SHOWERS

Date posted: April 18, 2013

March went out like a lion and April draws on, slow to warm up and with high winds with cool temperatures which delays plant growth and insect activity.  However I saw a swallow the other day so summer must surely be on its way!

The NGO AGM was a smart affair, held at JCB in elegant surroundings, with record numbers and the key note speaker, Richard Ali, newly appointed Chief Executive of BASC presenting his views and aspirations for renewed relationships and challenges ahead.  We wish him well.

Attending the Gamekeeper’s fair at Catton Park at the weekend, there was a palpable and collective sense of relief in coming together and meeting old friends during two days of catching up, speaking to game feed and game crop advisors etc and early bargain hunting.

It was encouraging to talk to one young man who had recently found a position as beatkeeper after a whole season out of the profession, his sense of pride and identity restored and his demeanour an absolute joy to witness.  Unfortunately though, there are many stories of redundancy and shoots shrinking to reflect the economy’s fortunes.  Let us hope that the tide turns and optimism returns as the season draws on.

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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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