13 March 2017

Bluebell Shoot in Hampshire to benefit British wildlife

The Bluebell Shoot will take place in stunning countryside near Basingstoke, and will raise funds for the GWCT’s groundbreaking scientific researchThe Hampshire branch of a leading wildlife charity will be holding a clay shooting day near Basingstoke on Sunday 7th May to raise funds for their vital scientific research.

For over seventy years, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has been investigating species decline in the UK, and developing innovative methods to reverse this trend and ensure that British wildlife will continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

The Bluebell Shoot will be held at Moundsmere, Preston Candover near Basingstoke in an appropriately-stunning rural setting. The day will begin with tea, coffee and bacon rolls at 9.30am, with shooting from 10am, drinks at 12.30pm, followed by lunch, an auction and prize-giving.

Flurries will be shot by guns in pairs, 20 birds per pair. There will also be two team shoots shot by full teams of four guns with the added excitement of a GNAT shoot which is a radio controlled target aircraft team event. 12 and 20 bore cartridges will be available for purchase on site.

The bluebells should be out and everybody is welcome to attend not just GWCT members, and not just shooters. Non-shooting guests can also come along for lunch and to enjoy the beautiful landscape. The event promises to be not just a splendid day out, but also a chance to contribute to preserving the British countryside for the future.

The entry fee is £600 per team. Lunch for non-shooters is £25 per head for adults but free for under-14s. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available to buy on the day. The event is being held at Moundsmere by kind permission of Mark Andreae and the shooting has been arranged by Events By Cavendish.

For more information or to enter a team please contact GWCT regional organiser Jill Scorer by email at jscorer@gwct.org.uk or phone on 07496 144786. You can register your interest here.


Photocaption: The Bluebell Shoot will take place in stunning countryside near Basingstoke, and will raise funds for the GWCT’s groundbreaking scientific research. 

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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