Peak District a stronghold for mountain hares

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Mountain hare densities in the Peak District could be five times higher than previous estimates according to new findings. The study, led by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), utilised a new counting methodology developed…

Take part in the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count

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Sponsored by the NFU. A call has gone out to the UK’s land managers to take part in the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count from 4 – 20 February 2022. “Gamekeepers and farmers are vital in helping to ensure the survival of many of our cherished…

A New Conservation Project for 2022

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“Yes, but you only do it for the pheasants really.” How many times have I heard those words from some critic of shooting, when I describe the benefits of game management to conservation? My standard response is to ask what is wrong with…

The GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count returns…

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The UK’s farmers, gamekeepers and land managers can play their part understanding and helping the survival of songbirds as part of next month’s Big Farmland Bird Count. The count  has been organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation…

GWCT Scotland appoints a new Head of Research

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Dr Louise de Raad has joined the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust as Head of Research Scotland and also Director of the Scottish Research and Demonstration Farm at Auchnerran, near Aboyne on Deeside. Her work for GWCT in Scotland will…

This Christmas give the gift of nesting and brood rearing cover to grey partridges

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The grey partridge’s annual appearance in festive carols and cards is a good reminder to make plans for habitat improvements to help this much-loved farmland bird throughout the year. Despite its elevated position in one of our favourite…

GWCT research finds that aquatic plant cover benefits juvenile Atlantic Salmon

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GWCT RESEARCH FINDS THAT HIGH LEVELS OF AQUATIC PLANT COVER BENEFITS THE ABUNDANCE, GROWTH AND FEEDING OF JUVENILE ATLANTIC SALMON DURING SUMMER In response to three decades of declining Atlantic salmon in most of their native range, scientists…

Bucking the trend – rabbit numbers at our Scottish demonstration farm

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With the Guardian reporting declines in rabbit populations and the importance of intervention in their management, we thought it the ideal time to reflect on how they’re getting on our Scottish demonstration farm. Managing a farm can often…

Use of dogs to control foxes and other wild mammals: Scottish Government consultation

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The Scottish Government is seeking views via a consultation on proposals to strengthen the law relating to the use of dogs to hunt and flush foxes and other wild mammals in Scotland. The proposals include the possibility of implementing a licence…

Give wild salmon a break this Christmas

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You've probably been giving some thought to what you will put on your table this Christmas. For many, this festive line-up typically includes farmed salmon. However, by making this choice you are supporting an industry that endangers wild…