11 April 2017

Cumbria Countryside Challenge to Boost Conservation Charity

Competitors in the Levens Team Challenge will take part in a variety of country events, including archery, shooting and a gundog scurry.The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) invites you to take part in the Levens Team Challenge on Sunday 28th May, to raise funds for its groundbreaking scientific research.

The event will be held in the Park at Levens Hall, near Kendal, Cumbria from 10am onwards. Teams of four - including at least one lady per team - will complete at various country events including shooting, fishing, digger-driving, stone skimming and a gundog scurry. There will be prizes in various categories, including 'Most Original Team Name', 'Highest Scoring Lady Competitor' and 'Most Delicious Cakes, Biscuits or Sandwiches'!

The challenge is in aid of the GWCT, which for over seventy years has been pioneering conservation research to preserve the British countryside and wildlife. The event is open to all - you will not have to be a GWCT member to take part. However, competitors will need a 12 or 20 bore shotgun (cartridges will be on sale on the day) and at least one gundog per team. Gundogs will be available to rent at the event and all dog rentals will be added to the proceeds of the day.

The challenge is sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management, and takes place by kind invitation of Richard and Naomi Bagot. The GWCT would like to thank Rathbone and the Bagots for what promises to be a thrilling and spectacular bank holiday day out, and an opportunity to learn new skills!

The entry fee is £300 per team. For more information, or to book a team, please contact Nick Mason at lancashire@gwct.org.uk.

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Photocaption: Competitors in the Levens Team Challenge will take part in a variety of country events, including archery, shooting and a gundog scurry.


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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