The GWCT at BBC Countryfile Live

Held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) will be returning to BBC Countryfile Live from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6.


Just four days after the Game Fair, the GWCT will have its stand in the National Gamekeepers Organisation tent where there will be information and literature on a range of projects as well as advisory staff on hand to answer any questions you may have.

On the Friday, our director in Scotland, Adam Smith, is taking part in a debate - Should trees replace shooting and sheep in Britain’s uplands? - in the National Trust Theatre from 12pm until 1pm.

Lining up on the panel alongside Adam is Martin Harper, director of conservation at RSPB, Beccy Speight, chief executive officer from Woodland Trust, and John Davies, NFU Cymru deputy president. The panel is being chaired by Charlotte Smith.

In addition to the debate, there will be celebrities giving talks, dog shows, live music, equestrian displays, off-road driving experiences, a variety of eateries to enjoy and much more.

It’s open each day from 9.30am to 6.30pm and you can book your tickets here.


Trees / Upland Debate

at 11:28 on 01/08/2017 by Stephen Mawle

Is it worth pointing out that if you plant trees on deep peat the resulting water evaporation via transpiration will lead to the drying out of the peat which will then oxidize and release captured carbon and methane. The amounst lost woudl far outweigh any gained in forestry production which itself wouyld be lost eventualy through harvesting. They will also shade out sphagnum mosses responsible for carbon capture / peat formation. Is this worth the dubious advantages of possibly slowing some rainfall run off from the hills? In situations of very high rainfall a few trees will not make any significant difference and huge areas would need to be reforested to have a effective impact. What would this mean for the flora and fauna that relies on open upland habitats? This idea has no ecological merit and is just another way for the anti shooting lobby to try to attack shooting without regard to the people and species the land use supports or the important eco systems services already being effectively delivered.

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