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Advice for keepers at Leicestershire farm

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:10 pm

Places are still available on the part-time keepers’ course run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) in Leicestershire this September. The course will be held over the weekend of Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September at the GWCT’s


Shooting organisations call for better planning of game sales

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 3:05 pm

The Countryside Alliance and the National Game Dealers’ Association are urging shoot managers to draw up detailed plans with their game dealers for all wild game shot this season. A recent game dealers’ survey, undertaken by the Countryside Alliance’s Game

Four critically endangered takakē were killed during the cull

NZ shooters kill 5 per cent of wild population of critically endangered bird ‘by mistake’

Friday, August 21, 2015, 3:29 pm

Four critically endangered birds were killed by hunters in New Zealand this week. The takahē were mistakenly shot by deer stalkers carrying out a cull of a somewhat similar-looking bird, the pukeko. On 17 August, the dead birds were found

Populations of wading birds such as curlew are stable on Northern Irish shooting grounds

Northern Ireland shooting land supports wading birds

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:37 pm

Land in Northern Ireland that is for shooting has been shown to provide vital habitat for wading bird populations. Recent results of a study comparing data from 1987, 1999 and 2013 show major declines in curlew, lapwing and snipe in

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Fieldsports boost human-nature relationship

Monday, August 17, 2015, 7:34 pm

The latest research from Natural England suggests that fieldsports generated 13 million visits to the English countryside between June 2014 and May 2015, and fishing generated another 17 million visits. This supports the results of a BASC survey earlier this year,


Gamekeeping education pioneers honoured

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:33 pm

John Waters and Iris MacKenzie have won the inaugural Ronnie Rose award for their work at North Highland College’s early gamekeeping course


In Angus, grouse is the million-pound bird

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 1:27 pm

Nearly £1m will flow into Angus households from the grouse shooting season, say newly released figures


Moorland grouse on the menu

Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:26 pm

With the grouse season under way, game meat is getting a boost in Scotland

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The Gift of Grouse: new campaign showcases best of Scottish

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:29 pm

A major new campaign highlighting the benefits of grouse moors in Scotland was launched today in the Angus Glens.  The Gift of Grouse, unveiled today to mark the Glorious Twelfth, the start of the grouse shooting season, is a yearlong initiative


Save the Date: The Northern Shooting Show

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:14 pm

A brand new shooting spectacular will be launched next spring. The Northern Shooting Show, officially supported by BASC, will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. Within the 65,000 sq ft


A not-so-glorious Twelfth?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 6:00 pm

There have been warnings of a reduced red grouse shooting season this year due to unusually wet weather in the spring and summer. Ralph Peters, Bidwells partner and head of the Perth office, has been contacted by a number of


Working Cocker Spaniel Rescue gears up for busy season

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 6:11 pm

The Working Cocker Spaniel Rescue (WCSR) is a voluntary team that helps and advises current or prospective owners of the breed by offering information, training advice and, when necessary, support with re-homing. The rescue gets dogs as young as 12

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Game food given funding boost

Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:10 am

Scotland’s Natural Larder has been given a grant of £11,000 by the Community Food Fund


Working pony wins Leica-sponsored competition

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:11 pm

Highland garron Tyree of Dalnacardoch has won this year’s Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies, sponsored by Leica Optics. Eleven-year-old Tyree of Dalnacardoch, from the Dalnacardoch Estate in Perthshire, beat 16 other entrants to win the award on

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New Course Allows Gamekeepers to Continue Using Rodenticides

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 5:43 pm

A new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive deadline of 1 July 2016. Representative bodies for shooting and gamekeeping – the British Association for Shooting and Conservation


Tim Bonner appointed chief executive of Countryside Alliance

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:10 pm

Tim Bonner, the director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive. Sir Barney White-Spunner, the CA’s current Chief Executive, will be stepping down after the AGM in September, whereupon Mr Bonner will

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Young Gamekeeper of the Year announced

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 8:32 am

20-year-old Duncan Seaton from Dores near Inverness was announced as Young Gamekeeper of the Year

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New ally for red squirrels

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 9:09 am

BASC has become a signatory to the UK Squirrel Accord with the aim of helping to protect and expand the red squirrel population in the UK


Law Commission recommends Firearms Code

Monday, July 27, 2015, 7:48 am

The Law Commission has released a new consultation document on firearms law


Wild fowling less disruptive than walkers

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 3:22 pm

Interim results from a study at Bournemouth University show that walkers can disturb waterfowl more frequently than wildfowling activities

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