Entries open for 2018 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation

Entries are now open for the 2018 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation.

Organised by London gun and rifle maker James Purdey and Sons, the awards aim to promote a wider appreciation of game and habitat conservation work carried out by shoots throughout the United Kingdom.

Enteries will be accepted until May 22, 2018.

The Purdey Awards have been held annually since 1999 and give recognition and reward to the best within the shooting fraternity.

The prize fund is worth up to £15,000 and will be shared between winners of gold, silver and bronze awards.

2017 Silver Award winners Henry and Graham Denny said: “To be recognised by the shooting fraternity as ambassadors of our sport and way of life is a very special thing.

Photo – Purdey

“Without our love for shooting we would not have our fantastic species of wildlife.

“Shooting and conservation means so much to us and to be awarded silver is very humbling.

“We will be able to continue to preach the benefits of shooting to all and help our great sport to a long and happy future!”

Entries are invited from any type or size of shoot actively involved in improving habitats for game birds, and which can demonstrate to the awards judges how their work has not only improved their shoot but also widened its biodiversity to benefit many other species of bird and wildlife.

Completed entries must reach Dr Mike Swan at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust at Fordingbridgeno later than May 22.

Winners will be presented with their awards on November 22 at the annual ceremony held at Audley House in Mayfair.