Help for Heroes @ Swinton Estate

Swinton Estate hosted the annual visit from Help for Heroes. The head keeper Gary explained about moorland predators and demonstrated different methods of predator control and their benefits on the managed moorland, not only for grouse but for all the ground nesting birds, he went into great detail about live larson traps and why they contain live crows. He then went on to explain worm burden cycles, the use of medicated grit and its benefits, controlled heather burning and grip blocking regarding to lowland flooding. To finish the morning off Gary then did a short gundog display. This is the third year this event has been held here, most of who attend have been injured in service and had to take retirement, most are familiar with shotguns and firearms. One chap who came on the first visit has been back every season since loading on shoot days on Swinton Estate.

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