14 December 2016

GWCT receives donation from Shooting Times for woodcock research

GWCT Woodock ClubThe Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust was delighted to receive a generous donation of £8,310 from Shooting Times & Country Magazine, which was raised through its annual Woodcock Club. 

Acting Editor of Shooting Times Gary Coward-Williams presented the cheque at this year’s Purdey Awards in London. 

Mike Swan, Head of Education at GWCT, who received the cheque on behalf of the Trust, commented; “We are extremely grateful for the annual donations from the wonderful fundraising by the Woodcock Club.   The GWCT has become the nationally recognised authority on woodcock and their biology. This is in no small part due to the generous support of our scientific investigations by those who are passionate about these mysterious birds.” 

Gary Coward-Williams said; “I would like to thank the members for their ongoing generosity, which makes a real difference to our understanding of these remarkable birds.  Next year’s dinner will be on 22 April at Crowcombe Court in Somerset, where we will be welcoming many members old and new.”

Over the last 35 years, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has conducted a range of research projects on woodcock. These have provided a basic understanding of the species’ ecology during the breeding season and in winter, and have recently focussed on estimating the UK’s population size and shedding light on woodcock migration. 

*Image courtesy of Shooting Times

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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.

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For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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