18 February 2014

Smith & Williamson supports our woodcock research

Dr Andrew Hoodless ringing a woodcockAs our study into the migratory patterns of the woodcock continues to grow, Dr Andrew Hoodless will be tagging a further 12 birds this spring. We are delighted to announce that Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group, has kindly sponsored one. The firm will be paying for the tagging and satellite tracking of ‘Smithy’, which will allow us to gain a greater insight into the habits of these elusive birds.

Smith & Williamson has been managing the financial affairs of private clients and their business interests for over a century and look after a large number of landed estates. They act for landed estates whose combined acreage exceeds 400,000 acres (excluding Scottish estates) and give advice on all financial aspects of running an estate, including:

Dealing with such issues as ownership of land and the principal residence, involving planning for the next generation and mitigating potential inheritance tax problems

  • Capital gains tax
  • Development land
  • Income tax and accounts
  • In-hand farms, woods, sporting, minerals and tenancies

Smith & Williamson has had a long-running association with the Trust in several ways. Jerry Barnes, one of the firm’s Bristol-based Partners, has been a GWCT Regional Chairman for some time, while Andrew Lockwood, Head of the firm’s Landed Estates team, who is based in Salisbury, is also an active supporter.

For more information, please visit www.smith.williamson.co.uk/landed-estates

You also can track the progress of each woodcock (and even sponsor one yourself) at www.woodcockwatch.com.

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