Jerry Moss en­joys the fair whilst bring­ing in much needed funds

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Red-squir­rel ranger, Jerry Moss, re­ports on all the fun of the Lowther fair

An im­por­tant part of a red­squir­rel ranger’s job is pro­mot­ing the work we carry out, and why we do it, along with rais­ing im­por­tant fund­ing to keep do­ing what we do. For this rea­son, lo­cal shows and events are im­por­tant dates in our diaries. One such show is Lowther, run by Coun­try­man Fairs and set on the stun­ning Lowther es­tate, near Pen­rith, in Cum­bria.

For the last few years, with the spon­sor­ship of Daystate, we have run a ‘have-a-go’ air-ri­fle range. Daystate pro­vided a range of ri­fles and pel­lets and all money raised was do­nated to the Pen­rith and Dis­trict Red Squir­rel Group. Jack Pyke also sup­ported this event by sup­ply­ing tar­gets and other equip­ment. Run­ning such a stand re­quires peo­ple who know about PCP air ri­fles and, of course, range safety, and I am lucky that I have some good friends and other rangers, plus my fam­ily, who are all will­ing to give up their time to help over the week­end.

Weather or not

This year, the weather was very kind to us and we had two dry days, which at­tracted many peo­ple to the show. Vis­i­tors to the range var­ied from those who have used air ri­fles be­fore, to com­plete be­gin­ners, and all age groups, so we ac­com­mo­date them as best we can. This is the third year we have had a ‘have-a-go’ range and vis­i­tors come back each year to try their hand and to show their sup­port.

This year we charged £3 for 10 shots and we raised a fan­tas­tic £1270 on the range over the week­end. We also of­fer in­for­ma­tion about the squir­rel group, and sell some prod­ucts. Just re­cently, Bal­lis­tol UK Ltd have be­come cor­po­rate spon­sors of the Pen­rith Red Squir­rel Group and so we had some of their prod­ucts on sale to raise funds, as well. Bal­lis­tol is made from nat­u­ral sub­stances and the aerosols are CFC-free; it pro­tects, cleans, pre­serves, lu­bri­cates, im­preg­nates and dis­in­fects with­out con­tam­i­nat­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. Check out their range at www.bal­lis­tol­store.co.uk . The sale of the Bal­lis­tol prod­ucts came to £178.30 mak­ing a grand to­tal raised of £1456.56, a much wel­come boost to our funds.

Let’s go

“This year we charged £ 3 for 10 shots and we raised a fan­tas­tic

£ 1270 on the range over the week­end”

Hav­ing two of my good mates, Tom and Wes, stay­ing with me to help out at the show, also gave us the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to have a hunt­ing trip, so on the Fri­day morn­ing we set off early and met up with Ando to check out a big wood­land which is sur­rounded by farm­land; al­ways a fruit­ful hunt­ing ground for pi­geons and rab­bits. The plan was for me and Tom to take the wood­land edges, and for Ando and Wes to go into the for­est. As Tom and I ap­proached the edge of the for­est,

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