26 April 2016

Lancashire/Cumbria challenge to raise funds for wildlife research

The 2015 Underley Team Challenge raised £6,000 for scientific research. Photocredit: Keith Sykes.Two counties from the north of England - Lancashire and Cumbria - will come together in the spirit of friendly competition at the Underley Team Challenge on Sunday 29 May, in order to raise funds for the UK's leading wildlife research charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

The challenge takes place at Underley Park by kind invitation of Mrs Simon Pease & Mr and Mrs Philip Pease. Teams of four will compete at various country and sporting activities – such as shooting, fishing, quad bike riding, digger driving, archery, gun dog scurry and picnic preparation - hoping to exceed the £6,000 raised at last year's extremely well-attended event. There will also be ‘pay to play’ activities to keep children of all ages amused.

GWCT Lancashire county group chairman Nick Mason says, “This is a family day out and the competition is suitably light hearted. There is a chance to try a sport or skill which may be new to you, although renting a digger and digging up the back garden in preparation is definitely cheating!”

The money raised by the Underley Team Challenge will help fund the GWCT's vital and ground breaking conservation research. The main sponsors for the event are Sanlam Investment Managers.

To enter a team please contact patsy.fabian@davis-bowring.co.uk. The entry fee per team of four is £300 and each team must include at least one lady! For more details about the event please contact Jill Scorer by email at jscorer@gwct.org.uk. Further information about the GWCT can be found online at www.gwct.org.uk.

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Photocaption: The 2015 Underley Team Challenge raised £6,000 for scientific research. Photocredit: Keith Sykes.


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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