11 June 2019

Deadline extension for GWCT-backed survey

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THE National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) are delighted to announce that the deadline for their joint 2019 Conservation Survey has been extended to June 30th 2019. 

The decision was made to give people more time to complete the questionnaire that forms part of the survey.

Liam Bell, chairman of the NGO who has already submitted his questionnaire, said: “To complete the questionnaire will only take 10 minutes.  To devote just these few minutes to complete and submit the form will be of vital importance to the whole profession for many years to come.”

The timing of this important nationwide conservation survey could not be more relevant. 

It is becoming increasingly evident that there is little understanding on the range of benefits that game management contributes to conservation in the UK. 

As Liam Bell added: “We do not shout enough about how our efforts play a crucial role in preserving the habitats and wildlife that are so important to Britain’s biodiversity.  I would urge all those that have not yet completed their questionnaire to send it in before the deadline of 30th June.”

The NGO and SGA’s 2019 gamekeeper conservation survey is being collated and analysed by a leading research charity based in Fordingbridge, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). They will then produce a final report with the results released widely to policy makers, the media and general public in time for the start of this year’s shooting season.

Nick Sotherton 11Professor Nick Sotherton, director of research at the GWCT, said: “The GWCT works on facts derived from sound science, experimentation and survey. This new survey of management, undertaken by gamekeepers, continues a long line of such surveys started in 2011. At a time when the activities surrounding game management are in sharp focus, such a survey is timely and much needed.”

You can complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST6TZV

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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