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The role of a gamekeeper

The gamekeeper's role in the countryside varies depending on which environment he or she is working in and the required end result.


In an upland environment the gamekeeper's role is largely management of existing habitat for the benefit of the indigenous wildlife, complimentary to this is the need to control predators for the benefit of more vulnerable species.
Both of these actions not only work towards providing a harvestable surplus of game for the multi million pound sporting interests but also produce favourable conditions for flora and fauna to thrive, some of which are Biodiversity Action Plan species.

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Gamekeepers at work


In a lowland environment the role of a gamekeeper is somewhat different but with the same outcome. Over the last 40 to 50 years the countryside has changed dramatically due to intensive farming practices and past government legislation. An important part of the gamekeepers work therefore, is to create and maintain good, healthy habitat beneficial to all wildlife so making his role crucial to the health of the countryside.

Again there is the need to reduce predation, particularly at certain sensitive times of the year, for the benefit of a variety of species of wildlife. This is aimed at providing a harvestable surplus of game for the sporting interests although numbers often have to be supplemented by releasing and feeding reared game birds into the wild.

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Deer Management

Deer management can be another important part of a gamekeeper's role. Since the disappearance of the wolf from this country there is now no natural predator of deer to keep their numbers in check, so man has to step into that role.

For the benefit of the deer themselves numbers do need to be kept at a sustainable level, this requires a certain number to be culled humanely every year. Many of these culled deer make their way into the human food chain.

Wild game, be it venison, pheasant, partridge or similar is a good quality meat, low in fat and cholesterol and is a healthy, tasty alternative to the more commonly available lamb, pork, beef and chicken.

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The Gamekeeper

Gamekeepers work very hard for a low wage. Unlike an office worker they have no set hours and the day only finishes when the work is done, regardless of the weather.

Gamekeepers are dedicated to their profession, managing the habitats under their guardianship.

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