Advice for keepers at Leicestershire farm

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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 Allerton Project farm at Loddington and will be run by highly experienced GWCT advisors Mike Swan and Roger Draycott, with further expert advice from Austin Weldon and resident keeper Matt Coup. This long established course provides practical advice and guidance on game management for practising part-time gamekeepers, both amateur and professional alike.

There will be a variety of indoor talks and outside practical demonstrations on subjects including: releasing and management of pheasants and partridges; selecting, siting and growing game and conservation crops; predation control; woodland management for game and wildlife; feeding regimes; and organising shoot days.

(c) Paul WordinghamMike Swan said, “The course continues to develop over the years to ensure we meet the specialist needs of lowground keepers who have to work their keepering in with many other commitments. It always attracts a great group of real enthusiasts from a range of different but complimentary backgrounds. It is wonderful to lead the course and see the wonderful exchange of ideas and the forging of new friendships, as an added bonus to the course itself.”

The three day course will be based at the GWCT’s unique Allerton Project’s award-winning eco-build visitors’ centre at Loddington in Leicestershire. Loddington makes a superb new venue for this long-established three-day course that provides practical advice and guidance on game management to part-time gamekeepers, both amateur and professional.Attendees will be able to experience the outstanding benefits of the project’s game and conservation crops, woods and release pens at first hand.

The three day course costs £564 per person, including VAT, refreshments and lunches. For more information please contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or by email at lferguson@gwct.org.uk.

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