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

Bursary offered for GWCT gamekeeping course

The Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust (SCAET) is offering a full bursary for one delegate attending the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Limited Grouse & Hillkeeper’s Course on April 21-25 at the Invermark estate.

NGO in opposition to shotgun qualification

The National Gamekeepers' Organisation (NGO) has stated its opposal to recent proposals to develop proficiency qualifications in the use of the shotgun.

Using a stalking dog

Using a stalking dog

Stalkers on the Continent find it strange that we don’t use dogs more often to track wounded deer in the UK. Ian Valentine speaks to Danish expert Niels Sondergaard

Support for rural people in times of need

Support for rural people in times of need

What if your Christmas isn’t all mince pies and merriment? Alastair Balmain looks at the networks that support those in rural areas who find themselves in need of help

The life of a lady keeper

Whether it’s checking traps, dogging-in or carrying out vermin control with her .22-250, full-time gamekeeper Jaki Evans loves all aspects of the job. Ian Valentine reports

What does BASC do for you?

What does BASC do for you?

Has wildfowling been over-represented? Will there be a merger? Tony Jackson addresses these and other pertinent questions to John Swift, chief executive of BASC