02 April 2015

Managing Shoots for the Future in North Yorkshire

The Game & Wildife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is to hold a special shoot management day at Ripley Castle, North Yorkshire on Saturday 9 May.

The 'Shooting for the Future: Shoot Management' day will demonstrate how to maximise broader conservation benefit while minimising any damage caused by the birds themselves. Drawing on the latest GWCT guidelines, the course will help shoots to maintain the health and welfare of their birds, ensuring good returns and high quality sport.

These issues will be addressed during the morning presentations, followed by an afternoon visit to a working shoot, to see hands-on how to put the guidelines into practice.

GWCT advisor Austin Weldon said, "The course is based on the most up-to-date GWCT research. Anyone who signs up can expect a rewarding and stimulating experience that will benefit their shoots, their birds and their wildlife."

The one-day course costs £100 per person (or £65 for GWCT or BASC members). All fees include the cost of lunch and refreshments. To book a place, or for further information, please contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or by email at lferguson@gwct.org.uk.

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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:
Joel Holt
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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