The Bere ne­ces­si­ties

A chal­leng­ing shoot makes the most of its ground and pro­vides a gate­way to the sport for all-com­ers, as Tony Jack­son dis­cov­ers

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What i love about this shoot is that fam­i­lies get in­volved,” said Wendy Bard­s­ley. “my two daugh­ters beat, my hus­band’s a Gun and i work my dogs pickingup. it’s so good to get away from the fast pace of life to spend a day in the coun­try­side en­joy­ing what we do.”

As with ev­ery­one, young and old, who plays a part in the re­mark­able Bere Wood shoot ad­ja­cent to the Purbeck Shoot­ing School near Bere regis, Dorset, Wendy is an en­thu­si­as­tic be­liever in at­tract­ing and help­ing be­gin­ners — be they shoot­ers, pick­ers-up or beat­ers. in­deed, it is not go­ing too far to sug­gest that the shoot “

“We do re­verse men­tor­ing; we have a pri­vate Face­book page and some of the older Guns find it a chal­lenge”

acts as a train­ing ground for the next gen­er­a­tion of sport­ing peo­ple.

As Wendy added: “We do some re­verse men­tor­ing on the shoot. young­sters teach the older Guns about so­cial me­dia be­cause we have a pri­vate Face­book page and some of the older Guns find it a chal­lenge. The young­sters give les­sons at lunchtime and the older Guns of­fer ad­vice about the en­vi­ron­ment and as­pects of the sport.”

This is not a con­ven­tional shoot and presents a sce­nario that might de­ter the Gun used to well laid out cov­ers and game crops. Jeremy Bald­win is shoot cap­tain and ex­plained that the ex­ten­sive acreage of around 8,000 acres con­sists largely of conifer wood­land blocks, a mod­est amount of de­cid­u­ous cover and only rel­a­tively small ar­eas of open ground. how­ever, keeper Bernie Archer makes best use of the land, plac­ing his pens strate­gi­cally to en­sure birds can

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