13 August 2014

A wealth of advice for keepers at innovative Leicestershire farm

Pheasant releasing and management is just one of the subjects at the GWCT's part-time keepers' course at the Allerton Project farm this SeptemberPlaces 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 19 - Sunday 21 September at the GWCT's Allerton Project farm at Loddington and will be run by highly experienced GWCT advisors Mike Swan and Roger Draycott. 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 practical demonstrations on subjects including: releasing and management of pheasants and partridges; selecting, siting and growing game and conservation 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 three day 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 and conservation crops, woods and release pens at first hand.

Booking and further information

The three-day course costs £546 per person, including VAT, refreshments and lunches. For more information please click here or contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or by email at lferguson@gwct.org.uk.

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