Secret of game success unveiled at Longformacus

AN intriguingly titled Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust game management day is to be held in the Lammermuirs next month for all those who have an interest in game species, wildlife and land management.

'Glorious grouse, perfect partridges and pulsating pheasants' is a one-day course devised by the trust's senior Scottish advisor Hugo Straker to be held at Horseupcleugh, Longformacus on Friday, June 18, by kind permission of Robbie Douglas Miller.

The day will demonstrate how focused gamekeepering, habitat creation and management, careful farming and passionate ownership have restored the local grouse population to currently produce three full days' driven shooting as well as two half days shot in tandem with a morning of red legged partridges. Later in the season, stunning mixed pheasant and partridge shooting provide dividends for the diligent Lammermuir hill fringe management.

The course will comprise practical demonstrations and discussions during morning and afternoon tours led by Hugo and estate staff. Topics include the shoot's blueprint for red and black grouse recovery, game cropping, new woodlands, feeding and release strategies for pheasants and partridges and up-to-date methods of predation control that also benefit moorland waders.

Places are limited so early booking is advisable for the course which has been kindly sponsored by local companies Game and Country Enterprises and Spratts Game Foods. Tickets are 50 per person (including VAT). Please contact Irene Johnston, tel: 01738 551511, email: ijohnston@gwct.org.uk