18 July 2024

Guided Walk at Sledmere Shoot, East Yorkshire

  • Location / Venue:Coach House Rooms, Driffield, YO25 3XG
  • Date / Time: 18 July 2024 at 5:30PM
  • Organiser:Sophie Dingwall
  • Price: £30
  • Places available 44

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By kind permission of Sir Tatton Sykes Bt. and Baron Albert van Dedem, shoot tenant.

Hosted by Agent Stephen Greenfield with Head Keeper David Foster and GWCT advisor Jennie Stafford. Includes refreshments.

Please join us to discuss and see how the Sledmere shoot has restructured its rearing and releasing programme to reflect an even greater emphasis on the quality of birds presented and enhancing the  ecovery rate whilst continuing to provide a schedule of consistent mixed shooting days from late September to the end of the season.

For more information contact Sophie Dingwall: sdingwall@gwct.org.uk.

About Sledmere Estate

Sledmere Estate extends to just under 9,000 acres centred on the village of Sledmere at the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. 3,000 acres of the Estate is farmed in-hand and there are 1,000 acres of forestry with the remainder being let on traditional agricultural tenancies.

The major portion of the shooting on the Estate has been let for over 30 years to successive generations of the same families and the current tenant is Baron Albert van Dedem. The shoot is run on a day to day basis by Head Keeper David Foster with one under-keeper and other occasional part-time help.

The shooting programme includes partridges and pheasants and not surprisingly is focused on the areas where it is possible to make best use of available topography. The forestry is manged under a Woodland Grant Scheme plan with the combined objectives of timber production, landscape conservation and shoot management. Approximately 30 acres of game crop are grown with a lessening dependence on maize and increasing utilisation of CS Mid-tier in-field options. SFI options are yet to be brought into play.

Sledmere shoot is renowned for the quality (height!) of the birds – now pheasants and partridges -shown over its centrally located School House Dale and our tour will include an opportunity to see some of these drives from the guns and beaters perspectives.