11 May 2017

Welsh Wildlife Wins With Fantastic Four Raffle

Celebrated Welsh rugby union player Gareth Edwards (left), with by GWCT chief executive Teresa Dent (centre) and GWCT Wales chairman Nick Williams (right), as he draws the winning ticket for the Fantastic Four raffleThe Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is delighted to announce the winner of the Welsh Fantastic Four Shoot Raffle, which has raised £15,000 for its vital scientific research.

The winning ticket was drawn by Welsh rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards on Sunday 30 April and was won by Mr Jamie Lewis of Narbeth, Pembrokeshire. The prize is a day’s shooting for eight guns at four outstanding shoots in Herefordshire and Powys, which will be held on Monday 4 December.

The raffle was run by the South East Wales committee of the GWCT, which is dedicated to finding practical and effective means of preserving wildlife for future generations. The GWCT has been expanding its role in Wales, with Sue Evans recently being appointed director there.

GWCT work in Wales includes satellite tagging woodcock, as well as previously joining forces with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) to secure £250,000 for two large scale moorland restoration projects.

Roger Thomas, the GWCT SE Wales chairman, said: “The raffle proved to be extremely popular with the tickets selling out very quickly due to the quality of the four shoots involved. I am sure the winner and his guests will enjoy the day."

The GWCT would like to thank the four shoots - Tregoyd, Glanusk, Bishopswood and Goodrich Castle - for their generosity, and all those who took part in the raffle to help raise such a large sum for a good cause.

To learn more about the GWCT, please visit www.gwct.org.uk. For more details about forthcoming GWCT fundraising events in South Wales, please contact Max Kendry on 07803 180957 or by email at mkendry@gwct.org.uk


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Photocaption: Celebrated Welsh rugby union player Gareth Edwards (left), with by GWCT chief executive Teresa Dent (centre) and GWCT Wales chairman Nick Williams (right), as he draws the winning ticket for the Fantastic Four raffle. 


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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