19 August 2019

Award-winning farm that specialises in grey partridge conservation to host walk

Trophy Winners East Anglia 2018

L-R: Sir Kenneth Carlisle from Wyken Hall Estate, Hugo Johnsen from Castleacre Insurance, Roger Draycott from Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

THE 2018 winner of the East Anglian Grey Partridge Group Award is hosting a farm walk next month.

Sir Kenneth Carlisle, owner of Wyken Hall Estate near Bury St Edmunds, was recognised for his commitment to providing good all-round habitat for the grey partridge. This included a growth in numbers after a challenging couple of years.

Guests will gain a valuable insight into the conservation measures that have led to this success, including land management for wildlife and game birds.

There will also be updates on important game research and advisory issues.  

Leading the tour will be Dr Roger Draycott, who is head of advisory services at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

He said: “The proactive conservation practised at Wyken is inspiring and farmers and gamekeepers in East Anglia are certainly becoming more and more interested in safeguarding the grey partridge for future generations, which is great news.”

“It presents a rare opportunity to visit this exceptionally well-managed farm.

“As current holders of the East Anglian Partridge Trophy, we hope to see coveys bursting from the stubbles as we walk round.”

The walk is taking place on Wednesday 11th September at 5.30pm.

Tickets cost £14 per adult, with limited spaces left.

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The walk is by kind permission of Sir Kenneth Carlisle and is sponsored by Castleacre Insurance and supported by The Chadacre Trust and The Felix Cobbold Trust.

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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