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Meet the Team – Game & Deer

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Glynn Evans Head of game and deer management

Glynn is head of game and deer management. Before coming to BASC he was a fulltime keeper for over 25 years working on estates in Gloucestershire and Norfolk including over 20 years on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. He has an active interest in all types of shooting and deer stalking and especially likes working with gundogs.  He has a lifelong interest in training, working and competing with gundogs as well as running and judging both spaniels and retrievers in tests and trials.



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Matt Dutton Game & Gamekeeping Officer

Matt grew up in a large town and started off his shooting career with ferreting and rough shooting, whilst learning the field craft of the sport Matt found a great appreciation for other country sports and the people they involve.

Matt has held gamekeeping and forestry management roles, and for the past 4 years before joining BASC Matt was the head keeper and gamekeeping lecturer at the same college he graduated from 15 years earlier.

Running a shoot, not only from the keeper’s point of view but from that of the shoot manager’s has given Matt a good knowledge of all aspects of the role from organising shoot days, bird rearing, woodland management, dogging in to health and safety.

Matt is passionate about shooting sports and countryside management and is keen to introduce and educate newcomers to gamekeeping and shooting sports.

He is a keen enthusiast in all shooting and hunting sports whether it is deer stalking, game shooting, wildfowling, fishing, ferreting or beating.



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Alex Farrell Game & Gamekeeping Officer

Alex grew up in a semi-rural area where, from a young age, he took an interest in the countryside before becoming involved in field sports. This was initially through family and then by working with a gamekeeper and local pest controller.

Alex completed a degree in Countryside, Conservation and Recreation Management as he was keen to work in the shooting and countryside industry. During his time at college he tailored his studies around issues related to gamekeeping and shooting.

Alex has a keen interest in all types of shooting sports being especially rough shooting and pest control. He is also keen on gundog training and generally being outdoors and enjoying the countryside with his family.



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Kate Fishwick Game and Deer departmental administrator

Born and bred in North Lancashire Kate was introduced at a young age to beating on a pheasant shoot by her Dad and soon became interested in different aspects of shooting.

After completing her A levels Kate studied a Countryside Management degree at Harper Adams University. During this time Kate developed a keen interest in wildlife conservation and decided to undertake a 6 month work experience post at BASC head office after completing her degree.

Kate has more recently become interested in clay pigeon shooting and also enjoys photography in her spare time.



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Steve Bloomfield Director – Operations

Steve Bloomfield is the Director  for BASC England. He grew up in rural Hampshire spending many hours ferreting and shooting and learning his field craft ‘hunting for the pot’.

Leaving school at 16 to become a trainee gamekeeper and following a diploma course at the Hampshire College of Agriculture in Game and Deer Management, Steve rose through the ranks of gamekeeping most recently as head keeper on the Bretby Park Estate, Derbyshire.

From his experience over the last 30 years, Steve is passionate about high standards both in game management and animal welfare and is active in introducing youngsters to shooting sports and keepering.

A keen deer stalker, game shot and picker-up on local shoots.

 


Address Unit 6, The Grange Farm Belmot Road Tutbury, Burton-upon-Trent DE13 9HJ
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Ian Danby Head of Biodiversity Projects

Ian Danby has a degree in Ecology and Environmental Management and has been a freelance ecologist working for local authorities and wildlife trusts, his primary skills being botanical survey and generating management plans. His last contract before joining BASC in 1999 was with the Nottingham Wildlife Trust’s Environmental Consultancy. Ian took the position of Biodiversity Officer to develop BASC’s Biodiversity Action Plan for shooting called Green Shoots. He is now Head of Biodiversity Projects with three staff working on targeted conservation projects which achieve biodiversity targets in Cheshire, the Somerset Levels and North Wales. These projects are now part of our Green Shoots programme of work.

Ian was introduced to shooting by his father and came to BASC with a keen interest in decoying woodpigeon and rough shooting. He discovered wildfowling when joining BASC and is now a committed wildfowler too. Ian and his wife Jayne are the proud parents of Thomas who is keen to learn about shooting sports.

 

 



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Paul Williamson Rural Land Development Manager

Paul joined BASC head office as the Rural Land Development Manager in 2009. Paul works closely with BASC affiliated clubs and members to identify opportunities for purchase and lease of land for shooting. He also assists clubs and members in maximising income from the land they own / occupy and other land management issues that arise.

Prior to joining BASC Paul has had sixteen years experience as a Rural and General Practice Chartered Surveyor. He has worked within the private sector for both owner occupier and tenant farmers. Scope of work has included: land & property sales, farm subsidies, environmental schemes, agricultural law, letting/ grazing agreements, compulsory purchase schemes, wayleaves & easements, valuations and livestock marketing.

Paul has been involved in shooting since the age of ten, predominately within North West Midlands. In the early years he carried a stick and now he enjoys both shooting and beating on a variety of walked and peg days.



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