Posted by: braddenvillage | April 27, 2013

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

We aim for a thriving countryside rich in game and other wildlife


What do we do?

  • We use science to promote game and wildlife management as an essential part of nature conservation.
  • We develop scientifically researched game and wildlife management techniques.
  • We promote our work to conservationists, including farmers and landowners and offer an on-site advisory service on all aspects of game and wildlife management, so that Britain’s countryside and its wildlife are enhanced for the public benefit
  • We influence government policy with sound science that creates progressive and effective policies.
  • We support best practice for field sports that contribute to improving the biodiversity of the countryside.

What do we believe?

  • Scientific research should underpin sustainable conservation practice.
  • Game and wildlife management is the foundation of good conservation.
  • Field sports (in particular shooting and fishing) can contribute substantially to the conservation of landscape, habitat and wildlife.
  • Humane and targeted predator control is an essential part of effective game and wildlife conservation.
  • Good conservation goes hand-in-hand with economic land use.


Facts about the Trust

  • We employ over 100 staff, including many scientists, and run over 60 research projects – many in collaboration with universities supervising PhD students
  • We have an annual income of £6.8 million mostly coming from members, donationsfundraising eventssponsorship and charitable trusts. The rest is in the form of grants and contracts
  • We have thousands of members and their subscriptions are one of our biggest single sources of income
  • We publish scientific papers in peer-review journals
  • We have over £3m worth of press coverage (advertising equivalent), mainly on conservation and game management.
  • Our work is regularly featured on radio and television including:  The Telegraph, Farming Today,  the Today Programme, BBC Scotland’s Landward, Shooting Times, Sporting Shooter and many more
  • We run educational courses, conferences and seminars each year. Our scientists and advisory staff are frequently invited to speak as guests at other conferences.
  • We give on-farm game management and conservation advice throughout the country
  • We work with many other countryside organisations including government departments and agencies.


Our History

A severe outbreak of the disease Strongylosis in grey partridges in 1931 led Major HG Eley (a cartridge manufacturer owned by ICI) to establish the ICI Game Research Station at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. He gave a research grant to Doug Middleton at the Bureau of Animal Population at Oxford, who established a partridge counting scheme and travelled the country by motorcycle visiting most of the major partridge estates.

After the war, Major Eley, with Charles Coles (his pre-war assistant), established a new base at Burgate Manor in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, establishing what was later known as the Eley Game Advisory Service. They leased a local 4,000 acre estate and for 14 years ran it as a demonstration and experimental shoot. They began lecture tours, and Nigel Gray headed a team running training courses and advisory visits sponsored by ICI. Terence Blank continued the pre-war partridge counting and bag recording schemes.

Meanwhile, also based at Burgate Manor, Doug Middleton, under the Chairmanship of the then Lord Porchester, established The Game Research Association in 1960. Much of the association’s early work was on organo-chlorine pesticides and this work helped to bring in a ban on the use of dieldrin, aldrin and heptachlor seed dressings in 1962.

In 1968,  ICI was forced to withdraw most of its financial support for game advice, so in May 1969 the two organisations merged to become the membership based Game Conservancy with Prince Philip as President, author Peter Fleming as Chairman and Charles Coles as Director. In April 1980, it was registered as a research and education charity under the name The Game Conservancy Trust.

In October 2007, The Game Conservancy Trust became the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust to reflect the depth and breadth of the scientific research it carries out.


Our Charitable Objects

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust charitable objects are:

  • To promote for the public benefit,  the conservation of game and its associated flora and fauna.
  • To conduct research into game and wildlife management (including the use of game animals as a natural resource) and the effects of farming and other land management practices on the environment, and to publish the useful results of such research.
  • To advance the education of the public and those managing the countryside in the effects of farming and management of land which is sympathetic to game and other wildlife.
  • To conserve game and wildlife for the public benefit including: where it is for the protection of the environment, the conservation or promotion of biological diversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of natural habitat; or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat on land or in water and in particular where the natural habitat is situated in the vicinity of a landfill site.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is a charity company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 05579632, registered charity 1112023.

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