22 March 2019

The Game Fair select GWCT as its nominated charity

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Director of GWCT communications Andrew Gilruth. Pic by Jon Farmer

THE Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has been chosen by The Game Fair as its official charity for 2019.

A regular exhibitor at The Game Fair, the independent wildlife conservation charity has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. Its research is used to provide training and advice on how best to improve the biodiversity of the countryside. 

The Trust is expected to receive up to £25,000 towards its conservation efforts from various fundraising streams being put in place at this year’s three-day countryside festival, which returns to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from Friday 26 July to Sunday 27 July.

Donations can be made when purchasing tickets online and there will be collection buckets at the gates on all three days. Funds will also be raised at a variety of talks and demonstrations being held throughout the festival and at GWCT’s own stand.

GWCT director of communications Andrew Gilruth said: “We are extremely grateful to The Game Fair for its support in 2019. This special partnership gives us an opportunity to raise money which will be directly invested in many of the scientific conservations research projects we are engaged in this year.

"Attracting more than 120,000 people who care deeply about the countryside, The Game Fair is always a highlight in the GWCT calendar. It is the perfect platform from which to engage with the biggest gathering of countryside enthusiasts anywhere in Europe.”

The Game Fair managing director James Gower added: “The Game Fair has always stood up for and championed the countryside, so it is a pleasure to give something back to a trusted and established charity which carries out such important scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. The GWCT is a worthy recipient of our charity fundraising effort this year and we look forward to helping it advertise and explain the crucial role it plays in our way of life.”

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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