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By Ian Clark WPA Member & Trustee must be under good control at all times, no keeper or shoot manager will be impressed if an unruly dog is bounding around wrecking the best grouse drive! Maintaining good control and good manners in a dog, can sometimes be a difficult job but for handlers, installing good habit’s can be a great deal of fun and brings self satisfaction, and retrieving a runner on a shoot day,

or winning a test or trial will make memories that will last a lifetime. Therefore good basic control, is always essential. Should you find it difficult to train correctly on your own, look around for a club or group that offers training classes, (such as Caledonian Retriever Club), it can be more fun and more beneficial to the dog than training by yourself. Good Luck.

For over 40 years the World Pheasant Association has existed to promote the conservation, in captivity and in the wild, of the world’s pheasant species. ‘Pheasants’ include the entire avian group which contains all grouse, partridges, quail and related species. In the wild, most of these species are under increasing pressure from agricultural and other human expansions into their strongholds, and many are critically endangered. One major WPA project concerns the native pheasants of Vietnam, now extinct in the wild after most of their habitat was destroyed by the Vietnam War and the large and rapid human expansion that followed it. Fortunately, there is a small population of these beautiful birds in captivity, and WPA, working with Viet Nature and others, is working to re-introduce these iconic birds to their former range. WPA members around the world are now producing numbers of parent-reared young to ensure the success of the project. WPA is also currently working with the Greek Government and others on science-led plans to improve and extend the habitat of an

important population of Blacknecked pheasants in the Nesta Delta, which is believed to be the furthest west natural occurrence of a truly native pheasant population. WPA is truly international, and our membership ranges from scientists working on genetics and conservation to those who actually keep and breed pheasants and related species, including many in Scotland. As a UK charity, WPA depends entirely on membership income and donations to carry out its important conservation functions. We would welcome the support of more members – you can help by joining us or making a donation on our website at www.pheasant. org.uk. We are particularly keen on encouraging and training young people and newcomers, and anyone interested would be made welcome at our next Captive Breeding Advisory Group meeting, which is at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on Saturday 3rd February 2018 and more details can be found on the WPA website at www. pheasant.org.uk/news. aspx or email: office@ pheasant.org.uk

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