Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Conservation charity
Founded 1931
Headquarters Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Teresa Dent , chief executive
Number of employees
102 staff
Website http://www.gwct.org.uk

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust[1] (formerly the Game Conservancy Trust) is a British charitable organisation promoting game and wildlife management as an essential part of nature conservation. For over 75 years the Trust has been conducting scientific research to understand why there have been declines in species such as the grey partridge, black grouse, water vole, corn bunting and brown hare.

The Trust advises conservationists, farmers and land managers on ways to improve wildlife habitat and enhance the countryside for public benefit. It also lobbies government for agricultural and conservation policies based on science.

Notable conservation projects of the Trust are those conserving grey partridges, black grouse and regarding control of mink where they are preying on water voles.

History[edit]

The Trust is the leading authority on the conservation of the grey partridge

A severe outbreak of the disease strongylosis in grey partridges in 1931 led Major HG Eley (a shotgun cartridge manufacturer) to establish the ICI Game Research Station at Knebworth in Hertfordshire. The organisation monitored partridge numbers and investigated their biology.

After the war, Major Eley 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 (16 km2) estate and for 14 years ran it as a demonstration and experimental game shoot.

Much of the association's early work was on organochlorine pesticides and this work helped to bring in a ban on the use of dieldrin, aldrin and heptachlor seed dressings in 1962. In April 1980, the organisation was registered as a research and education charity under the name The Game Conservancy Trust.

Name change[edit]

On 1 October 2007, after 27 years as the Game Conservancy Trust, the organisation was renamed to the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, to reflect the fact that it works to conserve a wider range of wildlife other than game animals.

Conservation[edit]

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust works on the following species and habitats:

The Trust is one of the pioneers in research into conservation headlands and beetle banks.

Research[edit]

The Trust has conducted and published much research on countryside and game management, on topics such as numbers of gamebirds, disease in gamebirds, predator control and farming practices. It also publishes many peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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