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
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