‘Rural Special’ Police

Keepers are the eyes and ears of the countryside, so a “rural special” police initiative in Hertfordshire makes perfect sense, says the NGO’s Tim Weston

New Award

Win for young gamekeeper

SGA outraged at gamekeeping slur

An investigation is demanded after animal welfare charities teach children that keepers use illegal traps to maim wildlife

Upland Keeper

The Fire Severity Index has proved ineffective in preventing moorland fires

Releasing birds into the wild

Releasing birds into the wild

Released birds notoriously struggle to breed in the wild. Selena Masson investigates what to do on your shoot to boost their chances of success

What should we do about our excess pheasants?

We have a large number of pheasants left after the season and considerably more than usual. In the past, these surplus birds have never seemed to produce any offspring and I have been told they could bring disease to the poults when they are released.

Gamekeeping – Stock options

As the shooting season winds down and thoughts turn to next year’s stock, Liam Bell suggests how you can make the most of your remaining birds

Glenrinnes Shoot

Selena Masson ventures into the Scottish mountains to visit a spectacular pheasant shoot with an acclaimed moorland management scheme

Teaching the law to the police

Legal shooting sports are being misreported as crimes, but, as Tim Weston reports, gamekeepers are working to inform the police about rural matters

A new voice speaks for rural affairs

Selena Masson meets Alice Barnard, the new head of the Countryside Alliance, who has set aside her political ambitions to champion fieldsports