Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Time running out to complete Shoot Benchmarking survey

The deadline for completing the Smiths Gore GWCT Shoot Benchmarking survey is fast approaching with Friday 24th April the last chance for you to submit your return.

This FREE and confidential survey is the only one of its kind and allows shoot owners to evaluate their performance and compare it to similar shoots.

Click here to complete the survey online >

Why should you take part in the survey?

David Steel, Head of Sporting at Smiths Gore:

“Our benchmarking can help in-hand, syndicated and let shoots of all sizes. Last season’s results gave shoots a clear indication of areas for improvement and refinement, including gamekeeper salaries and benefits, fixed costs, return rates, costs per bird released and prices charged per bird shot.

“Since 2009, hundreds of shoots have benefitted from taking part, and we hope that many more shoots will participate this season. Their personalised report includes benchmarks only available to participants.”

Roger Draycott, Head of Advisory Services at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust:

“Shoots take part in the survey for a number of reasons. Private shoots want to check that their costs are under control and shoots that let days out want to check how their charges compare with others. The survey provides useful information on how shoots sell days, the pricing model they use, and once costs are taken away from income, how their bottom line compares with others.

“It is important the sector can demonstrate that there is good environmental care in place on shoots so we have included questions on habitat management and wild birds, to provide a better understanding of the conservation work shoots are doing on the ground.”

All participants will also be invited to an exclusive seminar, site visit and BBQ at the GWCT’s Allerton Project farm on 3 September 2015, hosted by expert GWCT and Smiths Gore staff.

Submit your return

Click here to complete the survey online >

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