Jerry Moss enjoys the fair whilst bringing in much needed funds
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.
“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,