AS we edge closer to 29 March, and whatever that may bring, we also move closer to Scotland’s first GAME conference, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, which will be a major focus for all those involved in the game and conservation sectors in Scotland and beyond.
The conference at Perth Racecourse on Friday 29 March explores a wide range of topical themes of significance to upland and lowland land managers across a variety of habitats and species.
Hugo Straker, senior advisor for the GWCT, said: “There is no other event in this particular area quite like this in terms of scope or knowledge transfer. Whilst the date coincides with another major landmark day in the UK political calendar our focus will be very much on the health of our upland and lowland habitats, the species they support, the benefits they bring and the challenges they raise for land managers and farmers.”
The event is sponsored by Bidwells, Game & Country Ltd, and Thorntons Law LLP.
In addition to Edward Mountain MSP, who is delivering the keynote speech, the full day programme includes:
- GWCT research in the uplands and lowlands; the importance for game, wildlife and practitioners: Dr Adam Smith, Director, GWCT Scotland
- Innovative cropping for game and wildlife conservation: Alan Johnson, Technical Advisor, Kings, and Dr Dave Parish, GWCT Head of Lowland Research
- The grouse moor management review; a force for good? Tim Baynes, Director, Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group
- Adaptive management licences; the Strathbraan case study: Merlin Becker, GWCT Scotland Trainee Advisor
- Tunnel traps after 2019 – disaster or opportunity? Dr Jonathan Reynolds, GWCT Head of Predation Control Studies
- Antibiotics in gamebirds – eliminate the dependency: Matthew Balfour MRCVS, St David’s Gamebird Services
- Glorious Game as food; Tom Adams, the British Game Alliance, and John Queen, Head keeper, LInhope Estate
- Mountain hare – a need for counts to refute assertion that sporting estates cause local decline: Ross Macleod, Head of Policy, GWCT Scotland.
Hugo added: “Many of the hot topics of the moment will be aired throughout the day. It will be a vital opportunity for land managers to catch up with the latest thinking on these issues as well as flag up the future challenges that we see coming across the horizon.”
Notes to editors
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. 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.
For information, contact:
Telephone: 0131 445 5570