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Calling all future gamekeepers

Sparsholt College is holding the first of this year’s Open Days on Saturday 4 October 2014, which will run from 10am to 3pm. The entire College will be open, including the Game and Wildlife Centre, with game larder, cold store,

‘Broaden your horizons’ BASC tells regulators

The British Association for Game and Conservation has called on regulators of conservation sites to ‘broaden their horizons’. The organisation has stated it wants regulators to not just look at the wildlife and plants in an area before deciding on

Get certificate renewal form in early, says BASC

BASC is recommending that shotgun and firearm certificate holders that are due to renew their certificates in 2015 to get their application in in plenty of time. 2015 is due to be one of the ‘peak years’ of licensing activity, with

Game popularity on the rise

Game meat has increased in popularity, as well as becoming more widely available.  According to the Value of Shooting report, game meat is becoming much more popular, being featured on restaurant menus, in recipe books, on TV and is now much

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Making the message matter

Tim Bonner says that people who live and work in the countryside have a vital stake You would have thought that government policy on planning and development would have little to do with gamekeepers, shoot managers, and those of us

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International Indaba

Sportsmen have successfully managed game since the first hounds were taught to point, and the flint-lock made it possible to shoot birds in flight, and animals on the run. Sustainable use of wildlife benefits both the species and the environment

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Channel 4 stitch up gamekeepers

Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, says he was stitched up by Channel 4 News in a report on wildlife crime. He told Modern Gamekeeping that the broadcasters: Asked the same question more than six times because they

Conflict of principles

Tim Bonner fears an EU attempt to crack down on firearms crime will disproportionally hit legitimate gun owners, as targeting illegal weapons contradicts its own rules on free movement   Cecilia Malmström may not be a name you are instantly

Features

Different pictures: Despite biased reporting, both the birding and shooting communities are currently dealing with wildlife criminals
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The enemy within

The RSPB Birdcrime report shows there are criminals among bird enthusiasts. Predator says it’s time they acted – while we have one of our own to deal with   This column doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to those

Larsen traps have special conditions under the General Licenses that cover the species they can be used for and the treatment of decoy birds

Licence to Kill

John Bryan emphasises the importance of being up to speed with the latest General Licences, and the conditions of use to look out for   Anyone involved in vermin control should be familiar with the broad legislation, such as the

Windfarms are here to stay – and enterprising land managers are finding ways to use them to a conservation advantage

Working with windfarms

Moorland development isn’t all bad news for birds, as Patrick Laurie explains, as windfarms can have some positive impacts on moorland management   Hundreds of thousands of hectares of moorland have been planted up with commercial woodland in the last

A relaxed day at the close of the season is a good way to introduce young or newer guns to the sport, and reward beaters or helpers

Dates for the diary

Shoot-day planning doesn’t have to cause a headache; Glynn Evans explains how he uses the shoot calendar to make the sport more inclusive for all   There are many notable dates in the shooting season; 12 August and Boxing Day

Vets

8: Iris pigmentation as seen in a cat (note the difference in the shape of the pupil) – iris cysts can look very similar

The eyes have it

A working dog needs good eyesight – Amira Nasim-Hopfer looks at some of the common problems dogs can encounter with their sight   This feature will discuss some of the common eye diseases seen in dogs. It is important to be familiar

A radiograph of the pelvis and hip joint in a young dog shows hip dysplasia – the femoral head is rotated outwards

Dysplasia and dislocations

Hip conditions can be common in working breeds – Amira Nasim-Hopfer explains how to spot and manage some of the problems your dog might encounter   The canine hip, which is also known as the coxofemoral joint, is a ball

Dogs may continue to want to work even with a sore mouth – look for dropped retrivals or holding on one side of the mouth to indicate a problem

Tooth troubles

Dental care is vital for a healthy dog, says Amira Nasim-Hopfer, and problems aren’t always immediately apparent   Not many people enjoy going to the dentist, but we all know how painful a bad tooth can be. This article will

Sarcina’s cube-like shape led to the belief that it was crystalline in nature

Present-shaped presence

My latest clinical contribution this season is a look at what may be an emerging disease. It follows the identification of a bacteria found in the gut of game birds, which has not been recognised or described accurately in the

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