Liam Bell

Liam Bell

NGO chairman, Shropshire gamekeeper and keen wildfowler

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hen harrier

The silly season appears to have come early this year. Whether this is a direct result of journalists and press officers suffering from cabin fever because of the COVID-19 lockdown…

pheasants in countryside

Many DIY shoots are looking at ways of reducing costs, and one way of achieving that is rearing pheasants yourself. There are plenty of benefits. You know where your birds…

control foxes

It will come as no surprise that foxes are the UK’s biggest predator of both ground-nesting birds and released game. Because we don’t have large apex predators to assist with…

Eco Charger quad bike

As someone who has admired Elon Musk’s Tesla cars from afar, I was delighted and a little excited to be offered the use of the new fully electric Eco Charger…

pheasant shooter in corn field

It is all very well saying that shooting is about the day and the size of the bag is almost an irrelevance. I agree that the number of birds in…

eco-friendly shooting picking up cartridges

  Eco-friendly shooting There is always something shoots can do to improve things and help reduce any negative effects we might be having on the environment, however small. In and…

National Park

If there is anything more upsetting and unsettling than impending redundancy, I have yet to hear of it. And for gamekeepers who have been given notice of a shoot closure…

beaters' day

As January approaches, thoughts of keepers, beaters and pickers-up are turning to the end-of- season cock’s or beaters’ days. Originally called keeper’s days — because they were gifted to the…

Ground game on rough shoot

At this time of year the same old topic of conversation crops up at shoots far and wide - namely the shooting of ground game and/or low birds.

Drawing pegs

When I worked in Wales, not far away there was a rather elderly and eccentric estate owner, who employed a full-time keeper and shot six days. One of his more…

As birds mature, they start to wander. Not necessarily because there is something badly wrong with where they are, nor because they are looking for something particular that their release…

keeper's day

As the season draws to a close, talk among the beaters and pickers-up is of the end-of-season keeper’s days. For many gamekeepers, it is the only day of the year they get to shoot pheasants.…