1 March 2002

WANTED:TOP KEEPER…

The hunt is on for Britains best

gamekeeper. Could it be you or a

gamekeeper you know?

Farmers weekly and the CLA Game Fair are seeking nominations for their prestigious Gamekeeper of the Year Award. Do you know a keeper who is worthy of this title?

We are looking for someone whose keepering best benefits the land he/she manages for country sports and wildlife. Our previous winners have shown that shooting and conservation really can go hand in hand while producing excellent sport for their employers – keepers who are a credit to their profession.

Our judges will again be seeking a keeper who considers the implications for wildlife/environment in every facet of the job and of course, follows the Code of Good Shooting Practice, in particular its four golden rules:

&#8226 No more birds shall be released than can be sustained without damaging the environment and surrounding habitat, or being detrimental to the health and welfare of stock.

&#8226 All birds shall be released before the commencement of shooting that particular species on the area concerned, and shooting should not commence until the birds are mature and fully adapted to the wild.

&#8226 Birds shall not be caught up from the wild for release during the same shooting season.

&#8226 Shot game is food and should be treated as such.

Nominations are invited from anyone who knows of a keeper, young or old, male or female, working anywhere in Great Britain, on any type of shoot, who they feel deserves this award.

Keepers who were put forward previously are eligible for renomination for the award if their details are resubmitted.

&#42 How to nominate

Simply send us written details with your reasons why the gamekeeper should be considered for this award. Tell us about the size and type of shoot, how the keeper has contributed to the successful running of it and over what period; how his/her work has benefited non game species and any details about the keeper that makes him/her a success at their job. Please supply a contact telephone number for the gamekeeper.

The initial judging is done on the nominations as they are received so please give as much information as possible.

After the initial judging, short-listed gamekeepers will be visited on site during May by a panel of judges representing farmers weekly, The CLA Game Fair, British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the National Gamekeepers Organisation.

The award is also supported by the Country Land and Business Association.

The top three finalists will be profiled in farmers weekly and the winner and two runners-up will receive their prizes at The CLA Game Fair (Jul 26-28, 2002) at Broadlands, Hants.

Send your nomination to Gamekeeper of the Year Award, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS or email: tessa.gates@rbi.co.uk to arrive no later than Mon, Apr 15, 2002.

The farmers weekly/CLA Gamekeeper of the Year will receive £300, an engraved hip flask, a pair of tickets for The CLA Game Fair and overnight hotel accommodation

for two the night before the

presentation of the award.

Two runners-up will each receive £100, an engraved hip flask, a pair of tickets to the CLA Game Fair and overnight hotel accommodation for two the night before the

presentation of their prizes.

The awards will be presented at

The CLA Game Fair, Broadlands, Hants, on Sat, Jul 27, 2002.