What is Year of the Gamekeeper?

2020 is the Year of the Gamekeeper. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of gamekeepers; what they do, how they support UK agriculture and the role they play in conservation.

Led by the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust (GWT), BASC will be attempting to fundraise £220,000 by the end of 2020. This funding provides support to gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement.

Each month BASC will profiling a UK gamekeeper and their story.

Show your support to UK gamekeepers by making a donation to the Year of the Gamekeeper.

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Gamekeeper of the Month – August

Our next Gamekeeper of the Month is head keeper Ian Sleightholm from Bolton Castle estate. Ian talks about the reasons behind his decision to become a keeper, what he loves about his profession the most and why he would encourage the young generation to consider a career in gamekeeping.

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Gamekeeper of the Month – July

Raymond is the first gamekeeper to be employed by The Kennel Club. He is responsible for turning Emblehope and Burngrange Estate into a “training centre of excellence for working dogs”.

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Gamekeeper of the Month – March

Richard is the senior beatkeeper at Crag Estate and coordinator of the Peak District Moorland Group. He has grown up in fieldsports and has a passion for the countryside.

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Gamekeeper of the Month – January

Liam is the headkeeper at Millichope Park and national chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation. He has a lifetime of experience as a gamekeeper and a passion for the countryside, particularly protecting the unique species in South Shropshire.

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The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust “ladies pack”

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust has launched a free “ladies packs” designed for the partners of gamekeepers.

This pack aims to support those who work independently to support gamekeepers; looking after children and upholding many jobs during the shooting season or stalking season.

In some instances, gamekeeper families will regularly have to relocate while still supporting their partners in a stressful environment with long hours and often few holidays.  

The packs contain support and information on physical and mental health, and where to find help when required on a variety of issues which can affect both the keeper, partner and family.

The packs are free and can be ordered online here www.thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com.

For more information, you can contact GWT on enquiries@thegamekeeperswelfaretrust.com or 01677 470180.

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Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust STAG Training Course

BASC Member get a Member

If you introduce a friend to BASC, you could each win a gun worth around £2,000 in our annual Member Get A Member free prize draw.

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