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Shooting Gazette March 2020

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from the editor

Twenty-twenty is The Year of the Gamekeeper. Quite right too. The back-breaking work these pillars of shooting and conservation do, the hours they put in and the things they sacrifice so they are able to put on our shoot days deserve special praise. Without them, game shooting would simply fall apart in the blink of an eye. This month, we are concentrating on some of the issues our countryside custodians face during and outside the season. For example, our resident headkeeper David Whitby and NGO chairman Liam Bell both have the word ‘retirement’ firmly in their sights, Jeremy Hobson examines the gamekeepers’ obsession with cover crops in the close season while Richard Barnes from Kings explains how land managers could use changes to government policy to their best advantage. There is…

1 min.
irish grouse trust takes purdey gold

The Irish Grouse Conservation Trust won gold at the 2019 Purdey Awards for Game & Conservation, held at Apsley House, London, in early February. The trust, based at Glenwherry Hill, Co. Antrim, was commended for numerous innovations, including a reversal in the decline of the Irish grouse population on 1,000 acres of heather moorland. The trust, which employs the only grouse keeper in Ireland, Alex Rodgers, has also improved the condition of 6,000 acres of rough moorland, blanket bog and grazing. The Duke of Wellington, chairman of the judging panel, announced the winners, while the trophy, gold award and a £5,000 cheque were presented by Sir Nicholas Soames. The silver award, and a cheque for £3,000, went to Roxburghe Estate in Kelso for its grey partridge restoration project, which has also witnessed increases…

1 min.
calls for further reductions in antibiotic use

Organisations representing the game bird rearing sector have called for further reductions in the use of antibiotics. The Countryside Alliance, Game Farmers Association (GFA), NGO and the GWCT have called for reductions in antibiotic treatments used in the rearing of pheasants and partridges to bring them in line with the falls seen across all farm animal sectors in the UK. According to figures collated by the GFA in collaboration with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, prescriptions for antibiotics written by game bird vets increased by seven per cent in 2019. This is said to be associated with very wet weather during the rearing season and birds being struck down by mycoplasma. In the two years prior, antibiotic use had reduced by 51%, with antibiotics incorporated in feed reduced by 70%. Organisations within the sector…

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new report calls for changes to moorland management

A government report has recommended that rotational burning of heather on peat soils should be brought to an end. The recommendation was published in Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK from the Committee on Climate Change, a report that states the focus should be on restoring peat, which is a very effective carbon sink. According to the report, burning heather on peat soils “is highly damaging to the peat and to the range of environmental benefits that well-functioning peat can deliver (for example, water quality, biodiversity and carbon sequestration)”. It states that “a voluntary cessation of this activity by landowners has not produced the desired outcome so the practice should be banned across the UK with immediate effect”. The report goes on to recommend an end to peat harvesting and a ban…

1 min.
win tickets to the east anglian game and country fair…

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair returns to Euston Estate in Thetford, Norfolk, for the fourth time on 25 to 26 April – and Shooting Gazette has 10 sets of family general admission tickets to give away. The fair, which was first held in 2004, has long attracted people of all ages interested in a variety of fieldsports. Whether your bag is clay shooting, gundogs, country clothing or gunmaking, there’ll be something for everyone across 350 shopping stands and numerous arenas. “Events of this nature are always the result of the indefatigable efforts of many people and I would like to extend both my thanks and a warm welcome to everyone who has contributed to creating this truly memorable weekend. The loyal support of thousands of visitors every year ensure the…

2 min.
three cheers for firearms licensing officers

In response to Paul Fievez’s article on firearms licensing in the January issue, as a serving police officer and shotgun certificate holder, I would take issue with only one small element. Chief police officers, despite their personal opinions, do not influence the policies or procedures of their firearms licensing departments. I can say this with confidence, having worked alongside firearms licensing officers. It is against the police code of ethics for any officer to let personal opinions influence policy, however senior they are in rank. The chief officers are duty bound to obey the various governing legislation concerning licences and would not be allowed (nor wish to) influence their licensing departments to the detriment of shotgun owners. However, I do agree with everything Mr Fievez says about having a separate, non-police body…