Gamekeeping

Gamekeepers' wives

gamekeepers_wives_frontDavid S. D. Jones looks at the unsung heroes of the gamekeeping world of yesteryear – the wives of gamekeepers who supported their spouses through thick and thin.

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Where kale is key

kale_mainDespite its reputation for being a difficult game crop to establish and manage, with the right outlook, team and expert advice, kale can have huge sporting benefits, says Charlie Mellor.

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Keeping them at home

woodland_management_1Many shoots seem to overlook their greatest resource when it comes to providing habitat for pheasants, says Tim Furbank of Oakbank Game & Conservation.

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Migration mysteries

woodcock_migration_by_rodger_mcphail_frontRecent research has revealed some truly fascinating findings about woodcock migration, says Owen Williams. But there is still much we do not know about our most enigmatic wader.

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Back to the beginning

gamekeeping_history_frontDavid S. D. Jones rewinds the clocks to a time when gamebird rearing and preservation for sporting purposes was still very much in its infancy in the UK.

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A proactive approach

approach_frontIn light of the SNP’s promised Land Reform Bill, Michael Alexander argues that in order for our commercial grouse moors to survive, certain changes need to be made.

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Brian Mitchell

brian_mitchell_frontA founding member of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and internationally renowned headkeeper at Castle Hill in Devon, Brian has been a gamekeeper his entire working life and has been instrumental in the development of high bird shooting in the West Country.

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Whatever happened to kale?

kale_frontOnce a staple game crop on many shoots in the UK, Tim Furbank explains the decline of kale in recent years and why he still rates it as the best conservation game cover crop going.

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The devil is in the detail

devil_detail_frontIn the first of a new two-part series on shoot management, Belvoir Castle shoot captain Phil Burtt looks at some of the complexities and challenges of putting on the perfect pheasant or partridge drive.

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The DIY shoot

front_diyJulien Pursglove describes the perks of a DIY shoot, an alternative route to great sport, friendship and 'doing your bit' satisfaction.

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The view from the coalface – part 2

coalface-frontAs managers of much of the UK’s countryside, gamekeepers see the shooting industry from the inside out, giving them a unique perspective. Marcus Janssen spoke to six more of the most experienced keepers in the industry about the state of shooting in the UK today.

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The view from the coalface – part 1

front-keepersAs managers of much of the UK’s countryside, gamekeepers see the shooting industry from the inside out, giving them a unique perspective. Marcus Janssen spoke to some of the most experienced keepers in the business about the state of shooting in the UK today.

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Wild birds in the fens

Thrilling sport but falling numbers... Nicholas Watts explains why the wild pheasants of the fens have had some hard times and how things can get better.

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