Two shoot development days designed to help small shoots make the most of their shooting ground will take place on 31st March in Wiltshire and 21st April in Devon.

Participants will be able to learn from examples of best practice and benefit from the expert knowledge of gamekeepers.

The first shoot development day in the Westcountry will take place at Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, on a downland pheasant and partridge shoot. The second will take place in Tiverton, Devon, on a pheasant shoot.

The events will include expert advice from a game cover crop company and will focus on game rearing, pest control and woodland management. People will be able to raise issues on which they would like advice.   

The practical development days will be delivered by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), in partnership with Country Sports South West; an EU-funded tourism project which aims to help businesses reach country sports visitors, raise quality and assist with development to create a premier country sports destination in South West England.

Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gamekeeping, said: “The South West has a large number of small shoots and these shoot development days are designed with them in mind. Participants will be able to find out what they can do to make the most of their own shoots by walking a successful existing shoot in the company of gamekeepers.” 
Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said: “Country Sports South West development officers will be available to offer follow-up advice and guidance to the participants so they can easily implement new ideas or techniques. This will ultimately help them to create more opportunities for their syndicates and shoots.”

Places on the day will cost £70 for BASC members and £136 for non-members (which will include an optional 12 months BASC membership).

To book places, call BASC on 01244 573019.

Please note a moderate level of physical fitness is required.


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