Crown Estate School Day – Windsor Great Park 13 June 2012

BASC South East, were pleased to attend the bi-annual schools day organised by the Crown Estate on Wednesday 13th June 2012, which was held in Windsor Great Park.

Around 1360 children attended this year’s event from schools in and around the area, including London and surrounding suburbs. The day gave visitors the chance to see at first hand how the estate was run. The Windsor keepers spoke with children on a range of topics which included ferrets, deer stalking and trapping. Other activities included the Crown Estate forestry department, shire horses, Royal household maintenance department, and huskies to name but a few.

Dan Reynolds, BASC South East regional director explained to the children about the difference between legitimate and non-legitimate guns and their use. Whilst Justin Clarke, BASC South East regional officer gave a talk on gundogs and bought along a couple of his dogs to demonstrate. Many of the participants had a chance to meet with them up close and enjoyed bonding with them, much to the delight of both the dogs and children alike.

The day gave BASC the chance to speak to children from an urban back ground about life in the countryside and the important role that shoots play in conserving species and habitat around the UK.

Our thanks must go to the Crown Estate and to the head keeper of Windsor Great Park, Mr Lee Readfern for their kind hospitality during the day.

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