22 February 2017

GWCT shoot raffle will be Fantastic for wildlife research

GWCT shoot raffle will be Fantastic for wildlife researchShooting enthusiasts in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are being offered the chance to win a spectacular sporting day on four of their counties’ biggest shoots in a new raffle from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), the UK’s leading wildlife research charity.

The winners of the Fantastic Four Shoot will be treated to a unique shooting day for a whole team of eight guns to shoot on Tuesday 7 November 2017. The expected 200 bird day will take place at Luton Hoo (donated by Mr Edward Phillips), Lilley Manor (donated by Mr Christopher Rogers), Kings Walden (donated by Sir Thomas Pilkington) and St Pauls Walden (donated by Sir Simon Bowes Lyons). The team will also be treated to lunch at the Luton Hoo Estate, while gun manufacturers Atkin Grant & Lang have agreed to donate 100 cartridges for the guns to use on the day.

Edward Phillips of the Luton Hoo Estate says, “The GWCT has a huge role in delivering scientific research that helps landowners and farmers manage and improve their wildlife habitats whether for the benefit of farming shooting or the wider environment. This work is vital in supporting the very fabric of the British countryside and without significant fundraising their work would be vastly diminished.”

Tickets are for sale at £200 each, with the number available limited to 200. The draw will be held on Friday 28 July, with the proceeds going towards funding the GWCT’s pioneering and vital scientific research, which aims to preserve the British countryside and wildlife for the benefit of future generations.

Edward Phillips adds, “We see the benefits of the work that the Trust does on a daily basis and as a result we are delighted to be able to support them and their work in giving a drive to this raffle and we wish it every success for what I am sure will be a truly fantastic day’s sport.”

To buy tickets or for more information about the draw, please go to http://www.gwct.org.uk/fantasticfour. Alternatively, please contact Julia Barnes on 07966 393405 or by email at julia@barnesfarming.com.


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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