As part of her visit to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair sponsored by NFU Mutual at Scone Palace, Perthshire, on Friday 24 September, HRH The Princess Royal was given a tour of the central Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust exhibit, which had the theme How good is your game, how green is your farm?
HRH The Princess Royal is pictured here having unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the
32nd GWCT Scottish Game Fair with (left to right): James Gower, James Gower, Show Director,
The GWCT Scottish Game Fair; Rory Kennedy, Director Scotland, Game & Wildlife Conservation
Trust; and Mark McBrearty, Regional Manager, NFU Mutual, headline sponsor of the event.
The display illustrated how farmers can be ‘greener’ through on-farm environmental audits, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration measures, and improving farming efficiency, with benefits also to be gained by working together in Farmer Clusters, particularly with regard to soil quality, water and wildlife at landscape scale.
The display explored a similar theme for game managers in ensuring their work, whether upland or low ground, delivers biodiversity net gain – in the uplands adopting workable, pragmatic, evidence-based approaches and solutions, and likewise in the lowlands understanding and practising sustainable management that can deliver benefit for the wider environment.
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.
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