Achievements

The National Gamekeepers Organisation is largely voluntary and only employs five staff, yet in its first 16 years it has achieved some remarkable results.

  • Some have been of direct benefit to all gamekeepers.
  • Others have helped the entire shooting community.
  • Our achievements have been described as "staggering" for such a small organisation.

Further down this page we summarise just a sample of our many achievements since 1997.

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Just some of the NGO's remarkable achievements:

  • Founded in 1997 by a handful of gamekeepers concerned that their profession was under-represented
  • Rapidly became recognised as the main representative body for gamekeeping in England and Wales
  • Amalgamated with the former Moorland Gamekeepers' Association which became the NGO Moorland Branch
  • Fought and reversed Government changes that restricted all pest bird control and pigeon shooting
  • Set up simple, effective training for all gamekeepers in game meat hygiene to meet new EU rules
  • Trained over 2000 gamekeepers in the above in just one year, allowing game meat sales to continue
  • Sent gamekeepers to Strasbourg to address MEPs in the European Parliament
  • Issued first clear advice on impact of Hunting Act on gamekeeping and shooting
  • Sponsored and addressed the first ever national police conference on rural crime
  • Ran the first ever national seminar on gamekeeper education
  • Helped to set up and fund the Countryside Survey, showing how gamekeepers help the environment
  • Helped revise and promote the Code of Good Shooting Practice, keeping it practical
  • Set up voluntary NGO regions up and down the country
  • Ran enjoyable and educational events for gamekeeper members and supporters
  • Produced a quarterly, widely-praised magazine for all members
  • Organised national auctions which raised over 250,000 for the NGO's work
  • Facilitated a positive national debate on the future of game shooting
  • Funded research to keep the grey partridge on the quarry list
  • Gave practical help to scientists investigating stoats, weasels and brown hares
  • Worked with LANTRA to improve gamekeeper training
  • Financed research into the effects of gamekeeping on songbirds
  • Conducted regular surveys to help towards better marketing for shot game
  • Met thousands of members and the public at the major game and country fairs
  • Re-established the 'Golden Pheasant' clay shooting competition for keepers
  • Set up the 'Golden Grouse' equivalent for upland keepers
  • Earned a place on the UK Committee of FACE (the EU fieldsports lobby)
  • Attracted sponsorship from major multinationals like Ford and JCB
  • Produced a lawyers guide, free for all gamekeeper members, on handling police searches
  • Passed the 15,000 member mark in just 14 years
  • Trained gamekeepers professionally to appear on TV and radio
  • Established the NGO Educational Trust to meet thousands of schoolchildren on estate visits every year
  • Ran a series of countrywide gamebird disease seminars
  • Lobbied successfully for changes to an impractical Government code for gamebird rearing
  • Suggested, promoted and achieved the new 'other lawful quarry' condition on Firearms Certificates
  • Wrote and delivered a Shotgun Loaders Course throughout the country to meet new safety requirements
  • Fought successfully against a Government proposal to 'tax' all gamebird keepers
  • Assisted practically in the fight against Avian Flu
  • Supported sensible changes to the Game Acts and Deer Act which then became law
  • Published several editions of Sporting Shooting and the Law, a comprehensive guide for just 8
  • Lobbied for the retention of heather burning and helped write the Defra Burning Code
  • Defended the use of rat bait and won an exemption for burying dead rats
  • Clarified the legal use of the Rodenator under UK law
  • Provided advice to members on firearms as needed via a renowned specialist
  • Instituted an annual award for the best gamekeeping student
  • Ensured releasing could not be stopped under 'non-native species' legislation
  • Sought revision of trap inspection times to make them more practica
  • Worked with game crop manufacturers on new varieties and cultivation regimes
  • Raised a fund of 1 million for the defence and promotion of gamekeeping
  • Reversed Government proposals banning dogs from being left on their own
  • Supported year-round pest control of Canada Geese, now on the General Licences
  • Established a Free Legal Helpline for all NGO members
  • Campaigned for licences to control problem buzzards
  • Published a nationwide survey on Gamekeepers and Wildlife
  • Developed a training course for the police and delivered it free of charge throughout England and Wales
  • Influenced the Law Commission's review of all wildlife laws in England and Wales
  • Attended a meeting at 10 Downing Street to discuss Coalition rural policy
  • Alerted the shooting community to an HSE ban on rat baits and campaigned for reversal
.....and the good work goes on
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