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Scottish landowners’ licences at risk

Scottish landowners could be faced with losing their general licences if evidence of raptor crime is found on their estate. Scottish National Heritage has announced a new proposal to strip “certain areas of land” and individuals of their licence to

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



The thought police are watching

Post a picture of young shots on Facebook and you could be in deep trouble, warns Predator. We all know the importance of encouraging the next generation into our sport. What parent doesn’t take pride in seeing their youngster dressed


Machinery and Muirburning

When maintaining heather at altitude, the machinery you can get up there can often be a determining factor in selecting your methods, explains Davy Thomas. “Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?” Freddie Mercury’s immortal voice boomed through the speakers


When wildfire strikes

Wildfire can be a big problem in moorland areas – Patrick Laurie of the Heather Trust explains knowledgeable management and a quick response are vital for controlling the risk. It seems like wildfires have become an annual fixture for the


More than money

Glynn Evans looks at the ways you can evaluate the success of a shoot’s season, and all the factors that contribute to it being a success. I came to BASC to take on a role promoting shooting and gamekeeping, but



Evidence of unfitness

David Barrington Barnes looks at new guidance to police on firearms and shotgun certificates that deal with understanding what makes a person unfit to hold firearms. Readers may or may not be aware that the police bible in firearms law

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All change at the advisory service

The advisory service at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has a new head of department. Dr Roger Draycott explains what it can provide for keepers. Following the retirement of Ian Lindsay at the end of 2013, Dr Roger Draycott

Different pictures: Despite biased reporting, both the birding and shooting communities are currently dealing with wildlife criminals
Photo: Nikkimaria

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


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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