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GWCT Stand Theme for 2017 – 'Grass to Grouse’
For the GWCT, the Scottish Game Fair is a celebration of all that game conservation delivers for our
countryside. The Trust’s flagship stand beside the main ring is a ‘must visit’ for all Fair goers; it will highlight
the benefits of our research and how science can be readily translated into practical management advice
that helps ensure a thriving countryside rich in game and other wildlife.
The theme for our central exhibit is ‘Grass to Grouse’ and the various displays aim to showcase how sympathetic management of a hill edge livestock farm can be efficient without loss of biodiversity and carefully integrated with sporting enterprises. Come and see rare cattle and sheep breeds used as conservation grazers, along with other live exhibits.
Informative displays will include an array of cover and food crops available to support land managers’ shooting and conservation interests along with shrub choices for effective pheasant coverts. With legal predation control activities forever being scrutinised, our professional advisors will display the latest in modern predator control techniques and trap development.
Staff from the GWCT’s upland and low ground research teams will be available to discuss current projects.
“How do Bees make candles?”
There is set to be a hive of activity in the GWCT’s Wee Beasties Marquee during the fair. Learn all about honeybees and pollination; there will be experienced beekeepers to answer all your questions. We will have a live observation hive and a badge for everyone who can spot the Queen bee. Observe how to make a skep and possibly have a go yourself; children can make their own candle.
Wildlife sculptor Julian Jardine and Royal Highland Education Trust will also be running a variety of free workshops and offering children the opportunity to get involved in hands on activities such as clay model making and having a go at pressing their own oil from the oil rape seed press. GWCT’s professional Advisors will be close to hand to inform on how in-field conservation margins can be established to benefit farmland songbirds, grey partridges and all bees. We look forward to seeing you and being part of the buzz.
Royal Highland Education will be in the Wee Beastie Marquee to demonstrate to youngsters their oil seed rape press, there will be an opportunity for everyone to have a go themselves at pressing seeds and also to help build a collage of grasses, wildflowers and bees.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will be bringing along their bespoke bus on Sunday only to inspire and encourage the next generation of conservationists. The bus will be located in the children's activity area. The RZSS make a vital contribution to the conservation of Scotland's wildlife both through direct preservation and its commitment to educating the public on endangered species, habitats and ecosystems
The GWCT Shop will be situated within the ‘Wee Beasties’ Education marquee where our ever-popular range of Christmas cards, ties and wildlife-related pocket money toys will be on sale. Please pop in and have a browse. Don’t forget that our full range of branded clothing, books, gifts and shoot day items is available to order online from http://www.gwctshop.org.uk
- CKD Galbraith (GWCT Stand and Fair Map)
- 4Site 4x4
- Hampden Agencies (GWCT Members’ Garden)
- John Dewar & Sons Fine Whisky Emporium
- Lindsays (Artists in Action)
- McInroy & Wood (Fundraising Lunches)
- Shepherd and Wedderburn (GWCT Education Marquee)
- Conifox Nurseries (Trees and Game Shrub Display)
- James Hutton Institute (Game and Conservation Crop Display)
- Moredun Research Institute
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust
- Saltire Hospitality
- Kings (Game and Conservation Crop Display)
Artists in Action
- Teresa Davis paints and lives Somerset, near the Quantock hills. As a keen sportswoman and photographer, she draws on country pursuits for her art, from fishing and shooting to stalking and hunting. She works mainly in oil on wooden panel, but also graphite and charcoal. Teresa is the Scottish Game Fair’s Artist in Focus for 2017
- Andrew Ellis lives near Weardale in the Pennines where he draws inspiration from the grouse moors. He specialises in game birds, wildlife and in particular, birds of prey. He has also travelled extensively in Africa, America and the Middle East and painted many species native to those countries. Acrylic and pencil are his favoured mediums.
- Coral Rose is based in North Yorkshire where she captures a variety of country species and scenes, inspired by the countryside on her doorstep. She uses acrylics, watercolour and pastels depending on the focus of her art.
- Fiona Dean is a taxidermist, incorporating both traditional and conceptual pieces. After art school and with a keen interest in science, she trained as a taxidermist and has become fascinated with the actual process of taxidermy. She is based in Edinburgh.
We warmly welcome this talented troupe to this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair. Come and meet them on the GWCT’s ringside stand and watch their exciting and differing techniques as they work throughout each day. Perhaps purchase something very special from their colourful exhibition!
We are delighted that family run Saltire Hospitality is again providing a great range of food and drinks in the GWCT Members’ Marquee. Careful attention to quality and detail combined with the finest produce and ingredients will ensure Saltire’s offering is a popular choice for members and guests. Breakfasts, hot lunches and freshly baked goods are served within the main marquee and the bistro area will serve more relaxed dining in the garden. The whole team at Saltire Hospitality is very excited to be looking after all visitors at this year’s fair and their ethos is simple: a firm belief in using only the finest, local, seasonal Scottish produce. Visitors can drop in either for the best Pimms at the Fair, a tasty snack, or a delicious hot lunch and feel comfortable and welcomed by attentive waiting staff. Two cash bars will be available to minimise any queuing, and smart designated loos are also available for GWCT members.