Gamekeeper Scoops Grey Partridge Award

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Picture of Mark Tufnell, left, and Dan McSharry, right.

An Oxfordshire gamekeeper has been crowned this year’s champion for grey partridge conservation in the Cotswold area.

Dan McSharry, head keeper at the Buckland Estate, Buckland, was presented with the 2017 Cotswold Grey Partridge Group trophy at an event in Fyfield, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, on the 19th of June.

The trophy is awarded to the person who is judged to have done the most for wild grey partridge in the previous year.

Judging the competition, which is part of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s (GWCT) National Partridge Count Scheme, was last year’s winner farmer George Ponsonby, chairman of the group Mark Tufnell and the Trust’s biodiversity advisor Peter Thompson.

Peter said: “I would like to add my congratulations to Dan, as there are now a good number of people managing their land for grey partridge and other farmland birds in the area, so he has done extremely well to be awarded the trophy this year.

“It is also fantastic that the group’s chairman, Mark Tufnell, also sponsors the competition through his farm business – Calmsden farms Ltd.”

The GWCT would like to encourage others to get involved with grey partridge conservation.

Anyone interested should contact Neville Kingdon on nkingdon@gwct.org.uk.

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