THE GWCT Shoot Operator’s Test has been designed for shoot managers across the country to demonstrate that they are up-to-speed with best practice and the key issues in shoot management.
The four main objectives of this test are:
- To help shoot operators understand the key aspects of running a shoot that can deliver significant wildlife conservation benefits.
- Enable shoot operators to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of The Code of Good Shooting Practice.
- Help shoot operators have the confidence to be able to explain to guns, beaters and wider society how their own shoot is looking after wildlife and habitats.
- For shoot operators to demonstrate a working knowledge of wildlife legislation and best practice predation control and game management guidelines.
Many questions from the test are taken from The Knowledge, a GWCT book which aims to increase the understanding of shoot conservation and to raise standards by ensuring those who take part in fieldsports are aware of their legal and ethical obligations. Other important reading material includes The Code of Good Shooting Practice, the GWCT’s sustainable gamebird releasing guidelines along with best practice guidelines in other areas of game management.
Dr Roger Draycott, who is head of advisory services at GWCT, said: “I strongly recommend everyone involved in running a shoot, whatever the size, completes this short test. Best practice in shoot management is key to demonstrating that shoots are run well and delivering environmental benefits.”
The test is formatted in an online multiple-choice style that takes less than 20 minutes to complete.
To pass, you will need to answer 20 out of the 25 questions correctly (80 per cent) within one hour. If you do not pass at the first time of asking, you can re-take the test a further FOUR times. The certificate will then be issued electronically and will be valid for four years.
It’s free for GWCT members but £40 for non-members.
Those wishing to sign-up as a premium member for £96 will get the test for free, receive a complimentary book of The Knowledge, £10m Public Liability Insurance and a host of other benefits.
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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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Telephone: 01425 651000