Narford Hall Shoot

Graham Downing reports from a Norfolk shoot, where a last-minute deal has seen the new tenant take on a promising layout with exciting results

Buzzard deserve our protection

The buzzard's return to the south east of England should be a cause for celebration not culling, says David Tomlinson

Game keepers urged to display trapping poster to public

The Campaign Against Accidental or Illegal Poisoning (CAIP) is encouraging game keepers and shooting enthusiasts to display a poster designed to discourage members of the public from interfering with legal traps.

Rural workers warned over employment contracts

Shooting and countryside organisations are warning gamekeepers and other rural workers after an employment appeals tribunal saw a gamekeeper’s dismissal compensation halved, and his bonus scrapped due to the ambiguous nature of his verbal contract.

Rural workers warned over employment contracts

Rural workers warned over employment contracts

Shooting and countryside organisations are warning gamekeepers and other rural workers after an employment appeals tribunal saw a gamekeeper’s dismissal compensation halved, and his bonus scrapped due to the ambiguous nature of his verbal contract.

The changing role of the keeper

Health and safety, bureaucracy and commercial shoots have all brought huge changes to the keeper’s life. ST considers the evolving role of these custodians of the countryside

Langholm Moor Project boosts hen harrier numbers

Hen harriers nesting on the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP) in Dumfriesshire have enjoyed the best breeding success for five years, according to conservationists analysing the project's first-year results.

Gamekeeper prosecuted for killing protected species

Kyle Burden, a 19-year-old gamekeeper formerly of the Kempton Estate in Shropshire, was handed a 26-week suspended jail sentence on September 19 this year for shooting common buzzards and killing badgers.

Controlling pests with poison

Controlling pests with poison

With ever-changing laws and strict guidelines on usage, it can be confusing for keepers when using poisons for the control of rodents and other pests, says Mike Swan