23 June 2016

Part Time Gamekeepers' course offered by the GWCT

Keepers courseAmateur and semi-professional gamekeepers are invited to attend the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's (GWCT) Part-Time Gamekeepers Course this September.  The short course offers a packed agenda full of advice and tips on game management and keepering.

Topics this year will include the management and improvement of game habitat on the farm and in the woods; practical predator control; releasing pheasants and partridges; feeding and management of game in winter; maintaining good health through the release process; and the management of wildfowl and wetlands. 

The GWCT’s Allerton Project research farm in Leicestershire is the ideal location for this course.  With game cover crops, a variety of woodland habitats and new release pens, this is the ideal venue. During the three-day course attendees will also receive practical advice and guidance in addition to sessions in the visitor centre.

Mike Swan, Head of Education for GWCT’s Advisory Service, comments: “This course was developed over 30 years ago, when we recognised the need for a short course aimed at amateur and part-time gamekeepers.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength and we have a high level of interest. One of the joys of this course is that it always attracts a group of great enthusiasts.”

The annual course is always popular; so early applications are advised.  The course costs £350.00+VAT, which includes a comprehensive delegate pack, a certificate of course completion, all tuition and refreshments. Delegates who need accommodation should make their own arrangements locally, but we are able to advise on possible places to stay.

Click here for further information or contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or email lferguson@gwct.org.uk


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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