Readers of The Field might have seen a letter by longstanding GWCT member John Clements this month, calling on everyone to do their bit for the GWCT:
It would be a remarkable and neglected sofa that, following a quick rummage, could produce £1.4 million. And yet that is the shortfall that the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust faces. This is no secret, the charity has provided many opportunities for people to do something about it; and yet?
So what Is £1.4m? It is a lot of potatoes, for a start, a few nice cars, a pleasant Georgian rectory with gardens and a paddock in East Anglia, if you're lucky. Shared between the membership it is a brace of pheasants each (or even less if you are paying more than £35 a bird); it's most of a grouse.
If we take BASC membership as a guide, it Is less than a tenner each from UK shotgun certificate holders; less than £2.50 - it can be seen in a variety of ways. The fact that it wasn't raised and paid off within days can be seen in only one way - shameful. Come on, folks
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