About Us

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is the home of working conservation. We believe that wildlife can thrive if we focus on integrating it alongside other land uses.

We are unique in the breadth of research we carry out, seeking to ensure that game management continues to be sustainable and to benefit wider wildlife – water quality, shooting activities, upland research, arable farming, fishing, wetlands, silage and grazing – stewardship at a landscape scale.


Press releases

Private land managers drive lapwing recovery in key breeding ground

A remarkable project to restore lapwing to an English valley has shown that, given the right funding, advice and encouragement, and by working... read more

22.09.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

"Not only can farming be very beneficial to wildlife, but game shooting...

With the future of Britain’s agri-environment policy up for debate, the way we incentivise good farmland conservation will be pivotal in reversing... read more

17.09.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

It’s a family affair for good countryside practice

Three generations of a Hertfordshire family have shown their passion for the countryside by passing the same conservation exam in short... read more

15.09.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Popular game management conference moves online

Having postponed the popular GAME 2020 conference due to Covid-19, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is pleased to announce that the... read more

04.09.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Working Conservationist featured on Channel 4 documentary hoping to save...

Suffolk farmer Graham Denny has been enlisted by TV presenter (and fellow farmer) Jimmy Doherty for his latest TV campaign, Jimmy's Big Bee... read more

01.09.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Put Working Conservationists at the heart of conservation policy, says...

The unsung heroes of conservation are being celebrated by a new website ‘Working for Wildlife’, launched by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust... read more

27.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Salmon population continuing to fall in River Frome, new report suggests

Declines in adult salmon on the River Frome witnessed in recent years show no sign of abating, according to the latest figures in a fisheries... read more

24.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Gull licensing system requires a change of approach, says conservation...

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is urging Defra and Natural England to consider compelling new practitioner-based evidence of the... read more

19.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Wellies to the rescue – Bayer Crop Science donates children’s wellington...

Bayer Crop Science UK’s new Head of Business, Marion McPherson recently handed over 80 pairs of children’s wellington boots to Dr Alastair Leake,... read more

18.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

‘Farming with Nature’ set to inspire farmers and policy makers

‘ Farming with Nature ’ is a new book based on scientific research, which provides a practical guide to how conservation efforts aimed at the... read more

17.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Ban on driven grouse shooting could leave a gaping gap in conservation...

Those who use the start of the grouse season as another excuse to call for an end to driven shooting have yet to suggest an alternative way of... read more

11.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Welsh juvenile salmon numbers are lower following warmer winters and...

Numbers of young salmon in Wales are lower following warmer winters and wetter springs, according to a new study commissioned by Natural Resources... read more

05.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Fact-checking website launched to challenge inaccuracies in scientific...

‘ What the Science Says ’ is a new website which sets out to challenge misinformation and misreporting of ecological science. The online... read more

04.08.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

New wildlife art gallery supporting artists and charity through...

British conservation charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), has teamed up with a trio of leading wildlife artists to create an... read more

24.07.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

New study questions how brown trout can live in highly toxic...

The question of how brown trout ( Salmon trutta ) can live in waterways polluted by toxic metals is being tackled by PhD student Daniel Osmond in... read more

14.07.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

“We need them now more than ever” – Rachel Carrie backs latest...

Environmental consultant, author and campaigner Rachel Carrie has given her support to the latest initiative from leading conservation charity,... read more

07.07.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Time to show your support with the new GWCT 500 Club

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched an exclusive new club for the next 500 people who join as members. In a proactive... read more

03.07.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

“The end of an era” as Professor Nick Sotherton retires from the GWCT

After 44 years with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), Director of Research, Advisory and Education, Professor Nick Sotherton is... read more

01.07.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

GWCT launches new Online Premium Membership

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched an Online Premium Membership in response to demand from existing members. This new... read more

12.06.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

End the shooting season with a bag record

All shoots urged to take part in National Gamebag Census Long-running GWCT initiative is an important conservation tool Help build a... read more

07.02.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

“Informative and entertaining” talks coming to a town near you

The future of our environment, wildlife and farms are headline news, but what does that mean for the British countryside? That’s one of the... read more

07.02.2020 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Big Farmland Bird Count is back, back, back!

NATURE lovers across the country are being urged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), which is back for the sixth successive... read more

11.12.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Charity pledges to tell the ‘untold story’ of conservation

WHO is responsible for our wildlife? is the question the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is hoping to answer in a new campaign . The... read more

04.12.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

‘A blow for wildlife’ - GWCT disappointed at ‘bizarre’ Natural Resources...

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) feels the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) decision to end shooting on their land is a blow for... read more

21.09.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

GWCT takes to the road in brand new series of events

WITH THE DEBATE around how we manage the country raging like never before, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are getting out and about... read more

21.09.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

British countryside celebrated in striking new GWCT Christmas cards

A WONDERFUL SELECTION of paintings are captured in this year’s Christmas cards by Fordingbridge-based charity The Game & Wildlife Conservation... read more

18.09.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Calmsden estate becomes the first ever “double winner” of the...

Mark Tufnell, owner of the Calmsden estate near Cirencester, has always been crazy about his grey partridges. He was the driving force behind... read more

17.09.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

GWCT needs your help to save sea trout

DYLAN Roberts, a fisheries scientist at Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), is drumming up support to secure much-needed funds for a... read more

12.09.2018 • By Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

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