The Countryman's Weekly


March 25
08:08 2020

Gamekeeper of the month

By Steve Grant.

To mark the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust’s Year of the Gamekeeper, BASC is highlighting a Gamekeeper of the Month throughout 2020. This month it’s Richard Bailey, Crag Estate Senior Beatkeeper.

Richard is the senior beatkeeper at Crag Estate and coordinator of the Peak District Moorland Group. He has grown up in fieldsports and has a passion for the countryside.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and what got you into gamekeeping?

A: My family is involved with fieldsports so from an early age it was natural for my hobby to turn into my profession.

None of my family were gamekeepers but I’ve been lucky to have had practically-minded role models from the foxhunting and gamekeeping profession in my upbringing. These inspired me to persevere with my passion of working in wildlife management.

I have also been very lucky to work on some famous estates with fantastic gamekeepers and deerstalkers.


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