The annual awards are back and ready for your entries.

Entries are now being invited for the 2018 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation.

The annual accolades promote the game and habitat conservation work undertaken by shoots across the UK. Applications are welcome from any type or size of shoot in the UK that can show the judges how their work has improved habitat for game birds while also benefitting wider biodiversity on their land.

Prize fund for winners

A prize fund of £15,000 will be shared between the winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards, while up to five advisory awards, which provide a free visit from a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust expert, will be given out.

David Sandford of the Portloughan shoot in County Down, which won the 2016 Purdey Gold Award, encouraged other shoots to take part.

He said: “I found the whole process of compiling and submitting my entry rewarding. It made me think through what had worked and where I wanted to take my project for the foreseeable future. The judges were experienced and encouraging and gave me a number of fresh management ideas.”

Ceremony in November

The judging panel comprises 16 experts and is chaired by the Duke of Wellington. It will visit shortlisted shoots between July and September, with the winners presented with their awards on 22 November at Audley House in Mayfair.

Visit Purdey, tel 020 7499 1801 or email for entry forms and details of how to apply.

Completed entries must be received no later than 22 May.