21 October 2021

Biggest ever gift range offers the perfect country lover’s Christmas

GWCT members tie purpleWith people starting to plan for Christmas, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched its gift collection to help you find something for everyone on your list. The charity’s new range of products celebrates the best of the British countryside and profits help support the vital work of the conservation scientists at the GWCT, using research to enhance the UK’s countryside and improve biodiversity.

The GWCT collection includes a new book, Working Conservation, which explains how wildlife thrives on land managed for game. Based on the GWCT’s bestselling title The Knowledge, it is suitable for anyone with a passion for the countryside and was described by farmer, author and TV presenter Adam Henson as “a must-read for anyone who wishes to see our threatened wildlife restored.”

With the link between what happens in our countryside and what ends up on our plate given more focus than ever, Joe Stanley’s Farm to Fork sets out a year in the life of a sustainable farmer, giving an open and honest account of the challenges faced in the farming world. Since writing this book, Joe has taken on the role of Head of Farming, Training & Partnerships at the GWCT’s Allerton Project farm.

Those with a passion for reading can also enjoy a wide range of bestselling country books from other publishers, including James Rebanks’ English Pastoral; and Moorland Matters, an account of the uplands written by former GWCT chairman Ian Coghill. If you are looking to make a direct change to the countryside, you can also broaden your knowledge with titles such as Practical Deer Management and Wild Your Garden.

New for Christmas 2021 is a classic purple silk tie bearing the GWCT logo, joining the existing colours in the range. This was added following demands from members after the organisation launched a purple version of its grouse tie last Christmas, which proved incredibly popular. Other stylish gifts include a choice of UK-made cufflinks and a collection of badges including pheasant, curlew, lapwing and woodcock. £5 from each badge goes to support the GWCT’s work with each species.

The charity has also broadened its range of gifts for children, including a build your own magnificent microscope kit, which won accolades at both the Dad’s Choice and Creative Play Awards. For younger children, you can buy classic i-SPY countryside activity books, the tale of Phoebe the Bee and a choice of who owl cuddly toys, each of which supports the work of the GWCT’s Owl Box Initiative.

The charity has also launched a brand new range of exclusive Christmas cards, including images from leading wildlife artists. Designs include Pheasants in SnowBoxing Day WoodcockWinter PartridgesGoldfinch and a new cartoon from the ever-popular Loon, featuring pheasants surprising an unsuspecting fox. Fans of the cartoonist can also buy a mixed pack of five classic designs specially chosen for 2021.

And finally, for the dog who has everything, there is the GWCT dog bed and dog mat, made exclusively for the GWCT by The Red Dog Company, with 20% of every sale going to the GWCT. With their deep orthopaedic memory foam mattress and wool topper, they have been designed in conjunction with a veterinary surgeon and come in three sizes and two colours: fire orange and apple green.

To see our full range please visit the GWCT Shop at www.gwctshop.co.uk

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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