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The Knowledge - Every Gun's guide to conservation - Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Whether you’re new to shooting, a seasoned gun or just keen to learn more about the way the British countryside is managed, The Knowledge is for you. Featuring over 200 pages of easy-to-read questions and answers. The Knowledge draws on over 150 scientific publications to provide you with a robust introduction into quarry species, the management of both habitat and predators and all the latest issues surrounding shooting and conservation. You will also learn key information about a typical day’s shooting – from important health & safety tips to guidance on game handling and security.

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  • Introduction and welcome
  • Pheasants
  • Red-legged partridge
  • Grey partridge
  • Habitat management
    • Suitable habitat: the right environment
    • Foraging habitat: for food
    • Winter cover crops: for shelter
    • Nesting cover: for safe nest sites
    • Woodland management
    • Supplementary feeding
  • Predation control
  • Other quarry species to look out for
    • Woodcock
    • Wildfowl
  • Lead ammunition
  • Game as food
  • Diseases and medication
  • Research and monitoring
  • What Guns need to know on shoot day
    • Health and safety
    • Quarry, predator and pest species
    • Range and distance
    • Retrieval and handling of game
    • Shooting and the public
    • Certification and permission
    • Security
  • Shooting and game management glossary
  • Appendices
  • References