Sussex Fabulous Four raises the stakes for wildlife charity

The head keepers of the Fabulous Four shoots at the launch of the raffle at Knepp Castle. Left to right: Rob Smallman (Cocking Shoot), John Newton (Goodwood Estate), Phillip Harkness (Springhead Estate) and Len Ireland (Angmering Park). Photo credit: Helen Tinner.

The head keepers of the Fabulous Four shoots at the launch of the raffle at Knepp Castle. Left to right: Rob Smallman (Cocking Shoot), John Newton (Goodwood Estate), Phillip Harkness (Springhead Estate) and Len Ireland (Angmering Park). Photo credit: Helen Tinner.

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Knepp Castle was the celebrated venue for the recent launch of a prestigious ‘Fabulous Four Raffle’, which aims to raise a staggering £40,000 for wildlife research.

This spectacular raffle is being organised by the Sussex Committee of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), a leading UK research charity.

The top prize in the raffle is a day’s shooting for eight guns on four of the most celebrated shoots in the country - Goodwood, Springhead, Cocking and Anmering Park. The winning team will be taken from shoot to shoot on a day in December 2014, with lunch provided at a leading local eating establishment.

The day will end with tea at The Dover Barn, Angmering Park for guns, keepers, organisers and sponsors. The winners will receive a unique and memorable experience that money simply cannot buy!

The GWCT aim to raise a total of £50,000 from raffle ticket sales, with 20% of the total going towards other important local charities chosing specially by the owners of the four shoots.

The raffle was launched at a drinks party at Knepp Castle in West Sussex, home of Sir Charles and Lady Isabella Burrell. Sir Charles is a lifelong supporter of the GWCT, and has recently helped fund GWCT research on the fascinating migration of woodcock - one of our most elusive bird species.

The Knepp Castle estate has a low-key wild game shoot alongside its re-wilding project, which is enhancing biodiversity over an area of land that had been intensively farmed for generations. The Trust is extremely grateful to Sir Charles, to the sponsors - Savills, Lycetts, Sotheby’s, Smith & Williamson and Harwoods - and particularly to the four shoots for their generosity and support.

A ticket for eight guns costs £200 and numbers are strictly limited to 250. For more details please contact the committee chairman Tom Bodley Scott by email at t.bodley.scott@batchellermonkhouse.com or by phone on 01892 509282.

Report and picture contributed The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.