A grouse keeper’s role on a shoot day is as multifaceted as the working hours are long. We speak to a headkeeper from a well-known moor in England who gives us the low-down on everything that goes on behind the scenes.
Tim Furbank looks at the things that all Purdey Award-winning shoots have in common, and argues that there are lessons that all of us can learn from them.
David S. D. Jones looks at the unsung heroes of the gamekeeping world of yesteryear – the wives of gamekeepers who supported their spouses through thick and thin.
Despite its reputation for being a difficult game crop to establish and manage, with the right outlook, team and expert advice, kale can have huge sporting benefits, says Charlie Mellor.
Many shoots seem to overlook their greatest resource when it comes to providing habitat for pheasants, says Tim Furbank of Oakbank Game & Conservation.
Recent research has revealed some truly fascinating findings about woodcock migration, says Owen Williams. But there is still much we do not know about our most enigmatic wader.
David S. D. Jones rewinds the clocks to a time when gamebird rearing and preservation for sporting purposes was still very much in its infancy in the UK.
In light of the SNP’s promised Land Reform Bill, Michael Alexander argues that in order for our commercial grouse moors to survive, certain changes need to be made.
A founding member of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and internationally renowned headkeeper at Castle Hill in Devon, Brian has been a gamekeeper his entire working life and has been instrumental in the development of high bird shooting in the West Country.
Once a staple game crop on many shoots in the UK, Tim Furbank explains the decline of kale in recent years and why he still rates it as the best conservation game cover crop going.
In the first of a new two-part series on shoot management, Belvoir Castle shoot captain Phil Burtt looks at some of the complexities and challenges of putting on the perfect pheasant or partridge drive.
There was a time when most gamekeepers were expected to fulfil secondary roles on estates, says David S. D. Jones, some of which were a little unusual.
Tim Furbank of Oakbank Game & Conservation considers the merits of ten of the best game cover crops.
Julien Pursglove describes the perks of a DIY shoot, an alternative route to great sport, friendship and 'doing your bit' satisfaction.
As managers of much of the UK’s countryside, gamekeepers see the shooting industry from the inside out, giving them a unique perspective. Marcus Janssen spoke to six more of the most experienced keepers in the industry about the state of shooting in the UK today.
David S. D. Jones looks back at the role that the celebrated Grass family of gamekeepers played during the First World War.
As managers of much of the UK’s countryside, gamekeepers see the shooting industry from the inside out, giving them a unique perspective. Marcus Janssen spoke to some of the most experienced keepers in the business about the state of shooting in the UK today.
David S. D. Jones looks back at the life of his late cousin Harry Grass - a gamekeeper with a legendary reputation.
Mike Barnes reports on how the pioneering work of Geoff Eyre has opened up a new frontier of grouse moor restoration in recent years.
Thrilling sport but falling numbers... Nicholas Watts explains why the wild pheasants of the fens have had some hard times and how things can get better.