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Ryan's Love of Gamekeeping Leads to Award

Following in the family game-keeping tradition has led a Newton Rigg College student to success in being selected for a prestigious award.

Ryan Taylor, who is aged 17, has been chosen to receive The Beldam Scholarship awarded through the National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust. Ryan is in the first year of his Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management at Newton Rigg College and his aim is to work in the industry. His grandfather is a retired gamekeeper and his father is Head Keeper at the Swinton Estate in Yorkshire.

Ryan Taylor, winner of the Beldam Scholarship at Newton Rigg College where he is studying countryside management.

Ryan Taylor, winner of the Beldam Scholarship at Newton Rigg College where he is studying countryside management.

“My focus is to become a grouse keeper because I feel that moorland in Britain is something particularly special and is well worth conserving, as well as my love for the shooting community,” said Ryan. “I want to gain as much experience as possible and be the best gamekeeper I can possibly be.”

Ryan, whose home is in Alnwick, Northumberland, plans to use his bursary to further his studies at Newton Rigg College which is the only one in the country with its own moorland. It will assist with his additional qualifications in all-terrain vehicle training, shotgun loading and game meat hygiene.

The Scholarship will also benefit the college's first year Game and Wildlife Management work-based learning students, with support towards the cost of a one day Snaring and Trapping course. This includes both theory and practical elements and is a legal requirement for Scottish gamekeepers and is ‘good practice’ for gamekeepers in England and Wales.

Course leader, Derrick Byas, said:
‘It's very thorough and explains to learners their responsibilities when carrying out predator control and ensures that they understand good practice. It is invaluable as it complements their learning for their main qualification’. The course will be delivered by Austin Weldon from The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust was able to offer the course at a reduced rate due to grant from a trust fund set up after the death of Sir Phillip Payne-Gallwey. The purpose of the trust fund is to help with the training and education of young keepers.

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