Holland & Holland are delighted to announce the joint winners of their first Bursary Scheme.
Sam Kilduff, 18, an Underkeeper from Edinglassie Estate and Iona Macpherson, 20, a recent agricultural student at SRUC, Aberdeen, have both received funding to complete projects related to sustainable natural resource management.
Sam will be travelling to New Zealand for two weeks to learn about the protection of indigenous wildlife through innovative predator control whilst Iona will be carrying out a 12-week trial to investigate the effect of tick control for sheep on the welfare of ground-nesting birds.
Both projects will enable the winners to develop their understanding of conservation and contribute to the wider rural community in Britain. Holland & Holland will remain in touch with both winners to support them as they complete their projects.
Hugh Van Cutsem, one of the bursary panel members, commented: ‘I am delighted to be involved in this innovative bursary scheme. It’s hugely reassuring to see one of the oldest and most well-known names in the industry doing their bit’.
Liam Bell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation, commented: ‘Once in a generation, someone comes up with an idea that turns conventional thinking on its head. The Holland & Holland Bursary may well be the vehicle for supporting, encouraging, and ultimately unlocking real talent’.
The bursary panel were greatly impressed with all shortlisted applications.
Albert Barber, a beat keeper in Yorkshire, was shortlisted for his project of a reintroduction scheme for wild English partridge.
Henry Love-Jones, a shepherd from Aberdeenshire, proposed he visited Norway to study how sheep farmers mitigate the risks of lynx, wolves, and golden eagles.
George Wissett-Warner’s application involved plans to supply sustainable local venison to South West England.
For any questions about our bursary scheme, please email: email@example.com or call: 02074087933
Bursary Panel Members
Hugh Van Cutsem
Having grown up in the countryside with a father who was passionate about conservation and wild game, Hugh cares deeply about issues related to shooting and sustainability. From an early age, he formed a real interest in deer and their habitat, something that has only grown over the years. A trustee director of the BDS, Hugh is also the Head of the UK Trophy Evaluation Board of the CIC and sits on his regional GWCT committee.
Of the Holland & Holland bursary, he says: “There is no doubt the landscape and perception of field sports is changing and this bursary is a fantastic opportunity to support an individual in the early part of their career to undertake a project that we hope will be of longstanding benefit to both the person and our countryside.”
Liam Bell: Head Gamekeeper in Shropshire
Liam Bell is a Head Gamekeeper in Shropshire. He is also National Chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO) and a published author who regularly contributes articles to the Sporting Press.
Of the Holland & Holland bursary, he says: “I am hugely supportive of initiatives such as this. Once in a generation, someone comes up with an idea that turns conventional thinking on its head. The Holland and Holland Bursary may well be the vehicle for supporting, encouraging and ultimately unlocking that talent.”
Euan Anderson: Aberarder Estate, Scotland
Born and brought up in the Highlands in a keepering family, Euan left Scotland to broaden his experience and pursue a full-time career in the south of England working on prestigious shoots in Cornwall and Hampshire.
Euan’s experience as a gamekeeper is substantial. Since his time in England, Euan has spent 12 years in Ayrshire, a year on the Isle of Skye, 5 years in Sutherland, and 8 years in his current position as Headkeeper and Manager of Aberarder, a 12,000-acre estate south-west of Inverness. The sporting programme at Aberarder consists of Driven grouse, a high-quality Low Ground shoot, Stalking for Red, Roe and Sika deer and fishing. His career has covered all types of Game and fisheries management available in the UK. In 2004, Euan was given a ‘special award’ in the Purdey awards for game and conservation.
Of the Holland & Holland bursary, he says: “I think it is important for anyone starting a career in the game, conservation or wildlife profession to broaden their horizons and learning experience as early in their career as possible. This bursary gives someone a fantastic opportunity to do just that.”
Paul Gillett: Overbury Estate, Gloucestershire
‘With 2 generations of Gamekeepers before me, I suppose my fate was sealed!’
After leaving school and securing a biology degree, Paul returned home to the Cotswolds to work as underkeeper to his father on a 5000-acre private estate. After 10 years, with his father retiring, Paul took over the role as Head-keeper. Paul takes immense pleasure and pride knowing the part of the countryside that he helps to manage benefits greatly from his work as a gamekeeper. By providing fantastic habitat and targeted predator control, the estate maintains a rich and balanced biodiversity for all to enjoy.
Of the bursary, he says: “I hope this generous bursary award will be a great opportunity to give an up and coming young person a chance to broaden and develop their skills and knowledge. Not only benefiting them individually but also providing a platform to promote, educate and inform at every opportunity. Kudos to Holland and Holland for supporting such a potentially valuable scheme.”
Richard Bailey: Senior Beatkeeper Peak District
Richard has been in the game management industry for nearly 30 years, in various areas in the UK, from wild pheasant, deer management, and now moorland management in the Peak District. Richard dipped into lecturing for a limited period and, as a result, is only too aware of the challenges faced by youngsters looking to pursue this area of work as a profession.
Of the bursary, he says: “The profession of game and conservation management has many barriers ahead of it, to succeed, future employees will need to be rounded on all aspects of their work and understand the varying viewpoints of stakeholders and public whom they will be working alongside.”
Sam Thompson: Deer Stalker
Sam Thompson is a professional deer stalker, based in Strathglass in the Highlands of Scotland. He helped to establish Scotland’s first biodiversity accreditation scheme and works with a number of sporting estates to deliver sustainable deer management and conservation.
Of the bursary, he says: “After hard work from key members of the keepering profession and Holland & Holland, I am thrilled to see that their Young Gamekeepers Bursary has now launched. I hope this will allow enthusiastic people at the early stages of their career gain valuable experience and training and in the future use their knowledge and experience to further the industry and the countryside as a whole”