15 October 2014

Your chance to find out what the RSPB think about shooting

Heather burning, the hen harrier debate, the RSPB’s views on shooting, predator control and whether game management is the key to wildlife recovery are just some of the current topical issues that GWCT members and countryside enthusiasts will be debating at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s annual Members’ Conference on Wednesday 29th October at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

GWCT research has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in order to drive forward wildlife recovery. However, the GWCT is keen to hear the views of those attending the conference on the direction of shooting as well as its current research on game and wildlife conservation.

The GWCT is very pleased that the RSPB's Chief Executive Mike Clarke has agreed to give a talk at the conference. Mike will be talking about the role of shooting in conservation and this is a great opportunity to ask him questions.

It's going to be a packed day with lots of opportunities to quiz GWCT scientists and guest speakers alike. The Trust is delighted that Sir John Randall will be joining some of the GWCT’s renowned scientists and speakers including Dr Andrew Hoodless, Dr Alastair Leake, Peter Thompson, Dr Adam Smith as well as Teresa Dent, Chief Executive and Ian Coghill, Chairman.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the conference which is taking place at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Be quick though - tickets are selling out fast.

The conference at the RGS, London SW7 2AR will run from 10am – 4pm. A sandwich lunch and refreshments are included in the price of £40 for members and their guests. Non-members are also welcome to attend at £60 a place. If you wish to participate in the Collections Tour then this will cost an additional £10 per person. Please visit www.gwct.org.uk/membersconference to book your place or telephone: 01425 651010 for more information.

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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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