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Help breeding woodcock

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has stated that the shooting community could play an important role in the conservation of woodcock.  Since 2008, figures from across the country reveal an overall population decline of 2.5 per cent. The GWCT

Teresa Dent, GWCT chief executive, will be taking up a board position at Natural England

GWCT chief joins Natural England board

GWCT chief executive Teresa Dent has been appointed to the board of Natural England. Having taken a degree in agriculture before working as a farming consultant for 13 years, she joined the GWCT (then the Game Conservancy) at the end

Country sports value to Scotland

New figures show that country sports visitors to Scotland spend £155milliion each year. ‘The Benefits and Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland’ report also shows country sport participants made 270,000 sporting trips to the country, which equated to

Matthew Harrison is awarded the Frank Jenkins memorial trophy for gamekeeping student of the year by Alan Titchmarsh

NGO Awards

The National Gamekeepers Organisation presented its prestigious Frank Jenkins memorial trophy and the NGO Educational Trust’s Bellamy award at a ceremony at the CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, in July.   Matthew Harrison, a student at Bishop Burton College, was


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

Re-wilding Woes

Tim Bonner explains that, while the re-wilding theory has its good points, taking it to its conclusion is both impractical and potentially problematic   The debate surrounding re-wilding in Britain has been growing for some time now. As a result,

The Shooting Show

Public perception

Editor in chief Pete Carr looks at the YouTube phenomenon, and the responsibility of posting ethical shooting content on line.   You might remember internet TV wildlife presenter Melissa Bachman – who presents American hunting show Winchester Deadly Passion – posted

The composition of the metal fragments contained Niobium – an element not contained in any known ammunition or shot

Behind the headlines

When the ‘Bowland Betty’ autopsy report was released for analysis, Tim Bonner says there were elements that deserved further scrutiny There is nothing worse than a wild animal with a name. Remember the nonsense talked about an Exmoor red deer


It’s not just shooting and conservation that will be affected: fishing rights and river management could also be impacted

Up for grabs

Helena Douglas looks into the Scottish Environment minister’s proposals to break up Scottish sporting estates as part of a land reform program   Gamekeepers, ghillies and rural workers in Scotland are deeply concerned by the announcement by Paul Wheelhouse, the

Mallard breeders, now supplied with fresh, clean bedding, will soon be thinking about laying

What doesn’t kill them

Looking back on the storms and snow that killed off so much game last year, Mike Wood finds that his birds are stronger for it going into 2014   January went by very quickly, maybe because it is such a

If applying for a variation on your certificate, make sure you don’t fall foul of the rules by forgetting about any leftover ammo

Public place shooting offences

David Barrington Barnes gives advice on the everyday handling of firearms, and avoiding getting into situations that fall under criminal law Our community of firearms and shotgun certificate holders is a law abiding one. Most of its members are of

Sugar beet fields can make excellent alternative drives, especially if fed a little wheat and driven in sections

Beet and Geese

Glynn Evans looks at the benefits farm crops can bring to both released and wild game, and the drives and flights that can result    For many pheasant shoots a reasonable amount of woodland is usually a prerequisite, but in


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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