04 September 2020

Popular game management conference moves online


Having postponed the popular GAME 2020 conference due to Covid-19, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is pleased to announce that the conference will now be held online via Zoom on Friday 2 October 2020.

The full programme (which you can download here) includes a series of talks on many of the issues facing the game management community, from best practice game rearing to ballistics. With lots of change in the past 12 months, particularly to legislation on tunnel trapping and general licences there is lots to discuss.

Topical subjects will be presented by a series of the sector’s experts leading discussions on the ecological effects of gamebird releasing, and a series of talks about lead shot and the available alternatives in light of the shooting organisations’ aim to move away from its use in the next five years.

John Gregson, Waitrose’s senior manager of agri-food communications, will be discussing the supermarket’s stance on lead shot. Waitrose is the largest retailer of game in the UK, selling a range of prepared wood pigeon, partridge and pheasant. He will be joined by Niels Kanstrup of Aarhus University, who will be reflecting on the Danish experience of life without lead and Simon West OBE, director of the Gun Trade Association, who will shine a light on the technicalities of shotgun design and cartridge ballistics.

Many GWCT staff will be sharing their latest findings, including Roger Draycott, Rufus Sage, Mike Swan, Austin Weldon and Matt Goodall, while Kenny Nutting of St. David’s Poultry Team will be presenting best practice guidance for gamebird rearing.

Ahead of the event, GWCT director of advisory and education Roger Draycott said: “By running GAME 2020 online we hope to make it accessible for as many professional game managers as possible, wherever they are. Anyone who wants to be up to speed with the latest research and advice on the key current issues affecting lowland game shoots should take advantage of the opportunity.

“We have selected a range of GWCT and external speakers who will tackle some of the challenges and opportunities facing game shoots today, including general licences, traps and trapping, lead shot, gamebird releasing and much more.”

The day, which costs £45 per ticket, runs from 9.00am to 3.30pm. The event is kindly sponsored by Waitrose, Elanco and Perdix. Tickets are available at www.gwct.org.uk/game2020.

Please note: the conference will take place online through Zoom. People who have registered to attend will be emailed the link to join the conference beforehand. If you have any questions, please email Lizzie Herring at: lherring@gwct.org.uk.

The conference will be recorded and made available for attendees to watch online at their convenience.

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: James Swyer - Telephone: 01425 651000

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