19 December 2016

GWCT Announces Winner Of 2016 Grand Grouse Draw

Grouse MoorThe winner of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) 2016 Grand Grouse Draw is Sophie Butler of Herefordshire.

With a record number of more than 32,000 tickets sold and over £64,000 raised for the Trust through the draw, Sophie is, indeed, a lucky winner. Her prize is a day’s driven grouse shooting for eight guns on the Invermark Estate, Angus. It has been generously donated by the Earl of Dalhousie with accommodation provided by the Glenesk Hotel, Edzell, Angus.

Sophie, who herself fundraises for Walking with the Wounded, was overwhelmed at having won something, for the first time, ever!

The GWCT is also pleased to confirm that the prize for its 2017 Grand Grouse Draw will be a day’s driven grouse shooting on the Mar Estate, Upper Deeside, with one night’s accommodation in support of the shooting for up to nine couples at Lower Dess Lodge, Aberdeenshire, courtesy of Mr Jeremy Clayton.

Hugo Straker, GWCT Senior Scottish Advisor, and organiser of the draw, said:
“This was a record-breaking result for the 2016 draw with more tickets sold than ever before. We are grateful to all who bought tickets and to the Earl of Dalhousie for providing such a magnificent prize. Proceeds of the draw will support the work of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, using science to promote game and wildlife management as an essential part of nature conservation.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. 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.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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