GWCT, Game Wildlife Conservation Trust, aim for a thriving countryside rich in game and other wildlife. Vanessa Steel, Head of Events & Engagement at the trust, told us more about the charity and how it works.
Can you please give us a brief overview of what your charity does and who it supports?
We are a leading UK charity conducting conservation science to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. For over 80 years we have been researching and developing game and wildlife management techniques. We use our research to provide training and advice on how best to improve the biodiversity of the countryside.
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.
- We utterly oppose those who engage in wildlife crime.
- Good conservation goes hand-in-hand with economic land use.
Where are you based?
Our head office is based in Hampshire, but we are a national charity with offices throughout the UK.
How has the support provided by Lycetts helped you? Has it been used to support any specific projects or aims?
One of Lycetts employees is a member of our London Committee and supports with his time, influence and advice in planning some of our events.
How much have you been impacted by Covid-19?
We have lost £1.4 million in revenue due to the pandemic, which for a small charity has had a massive impact.
How can people find out more about your work?
Visit our website https://www.gwct.org.uk
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