09 August 2013

A wealth of advice for keepers at innovative Leicestershire farm

Places are still available on the part-time keepers' course run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) in Leicestershire this September.

The course will be held over the weekend of Friday 20 - Sunday 22 September at the GWCT's Allerton Project farm at Loddington, presented by long-standing GWCT advisors Ian Lindsay and Mike Swan. This long established course provides practical advice and guidance on game management for practising part-time gamekeepers, both amateur and professional alike.

There will be a variety of indoor talks and outside walks on subjects including: rearing and releasing pheasants and partridges; selecting, siting and growing game crops; predation control; woodland management for game and wildlife; feeding regimes; and organising shoot days.

Mike Swan said, "Over the years we have developed and refined the part-time keepers’ course to respond to the specialist needs of lowground keepers who have to work their keepering in with many other commitments. It always attracts a great group of real enthusiasts from a range of different but complimentary backgrounds. This results in a wonderful exchange of ideas, and the forging of new friendships, as an added bonus to the course itself."

The residential course will be based at the Allerton Project's award-winning eco-build visitors' centre. Attendees will be able to experience the benefits of the project's game crops, woods and new release pens at first hand.

The three-day course costs £522 per person, including VAT, refreshments and lunches. For more information please contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or by email at lferguson@gwct.org.uk.


Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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