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ISophie Butler of Herefordshire is the winner of the GWCT 2016 Grouse Draw, after she raised a phenomenal £64,000 for the Trust by selling 32,000 tickets. She wins a day’s driven grouse shooting for eight Guns at the Invermark Estate (generously donated by the Earl of Dalhousie, with accommodation provided by the Glenesk Hotel, Edzell, Angus).
IThe National Gamekeepers’ Organisation has issued a seasonal reminder of the importance of following the Code of Best Practice on the Use of Snares for Fox Control in England. You can download the Code here: http://bit.ly/2igRzCC
IPerformance clothing brand Musto has extended their partnership with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which sees 5% of all their profits from the sale of the Highland Gore-Tex Lite Jacket going directly to the organisation.
IThe Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s four Christmas Turkey Shoots raised a fantastic total of £1,228.48 last year. The funds will be donated to the West Berkshire Food Bank.
IThe Scottish Gamekeepers’ Organisation has warned its members that there have been several changes made to the 2017 General Licences, which have now been published on Scottish Natural Heritage’s website. The licences can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1kiqADp
IA study, part-funded by BASC, has revealed that walkers cause two times more disturbance on waterfowl and wading species than wildfowlers; the evidence is part of a three-year PhD study. Tim Russell, BASC’s director of conservation commented: “Having new and clear evidence that wildfowling causes minimal disturbance will be important in future discussions with statutory conservation agencies about wildfowling.”