Liam Bell

Liam Bell

Shropshire gamekeeper, and former National Chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation. Long time judge of the British Shooting Awards. He describes himself as a keen wildfowler, an improving amateur naturalist, and an eternally frustrated salmon fisherman! He has been a gamekeeper since leaving school, and is an ardent and vocal supporter of the Code of Good Shooting Practice. Liam has always been a champion of change and the development of new methods and ideas.

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countryside education

The sun was shining last week during our annual Countryside Classroom Day, organised by Countryside Learning. For those who don’t know, Countryside Learning is a charity that, among other things,…

poults

Keeping poults healthy The problems being caused by avian influenza (AI) in the UK and abroad have once again underlined the importance of biosecurity and best practice. (Read more on…

We have as good as finished our fallow cull and only plan to take a buck or two before the end of the month if we feel the need. Thankfully,…

fox drive

Now is a good time to organise a fox drive to reduce numbers. Foxes eat more pheasant and partridge poults than all the other predators put together. You don’t always…

Shot pheasants

A few weeks ago, I said I would report back from a day I had been invited on where most of the Guns had decided to use non-lead ammunition. (Read…

poults

Poults start to wander three to four weeks after release. Not very far initially but, as they grow more confident, they wander further and further from their pen. It isn’t…

Lamping foxes

As sure as day follows night, hare coursing and the poaching of gamebirds and deer become more prevalent after harvest. The seasonal increase in poaching and rural crime generally isn’t…