08 November 2018

Young Shots Day hailed a great success

Young Shots Day

A DAY’S driven shooting for the next generation was enjoyed at the Allerton Project, Loddington last month.

Winners of the Young Shots Shoot raffle, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), took part in the 100-bird day.

Eight youngsters, all under the age of 18, and their accompanying adult, formed a team throughout the day.

The day was also filled with inspiring shoot tuition and basic game and shoot management developed by GWCT. It gave the next generation the chance to learn about basic conservation skills and modern game management techniques.

Organiser Austin Weldon, who is an advisor at GWCT, said: “The annual young shots’ day has become an established fixture at the Allerton Project and is one the whole team looks forward to.

“While shooting is a key part of the day, it is the education experience which makes this shoot so special. As a working demonstration, it plays a significant part in helping people to understand the benefits a well-run shoot can deliver for wider wildlife and these messages are delivered equally to young and old alike.”

Going forward, the Trust is looking to find a benefactor to sponsor the day which would cover the charity’s costs, while having the knowledge that the next generation is receiving a comprehensive understanding of what good game management looks like.

If anyone is interested, please email aweldon@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.

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For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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