With the 2016/17 season firmly behind us we have been reflecting on the season and looking forward to the coming season and what it has to offer.
One outstanding factor was the favourable weather conditions seen across the majority of the days, despite a few issues with fog in patches across the season. Most notably, Brigands was able to remain dry for the best part of the season allowing its topography and birds to shine through in all their glory.
Excitingly we were able to launch a new drive at Brigands, ‘Heavens Water’. This drive was designed to complement the natural landscape and has been an idea of Will Evans’ for a while, as something to give ‘Tommie’s’ a run for its money.
A new drive was also introduced in the West Country with ‘Lafon’ having its debut this season at West Molland. Another welcome addition were partridges at Maesmawr which added to the excitement of ‘Llanfair Wood’.
The season was also the inaugural year of our new estate, Plas Dinam. The newest addition to our UK sporting portfolio, has been able to offer a new style of shooting complementing our offering. The topography of the Severn Valley has allowed us to create drives full of open hilltop screaming partridges and pheasants; those who have shot ‘Stone House’ I’m sure will agree. The Plas Dinam house is a sight to behold and finishing your day with lunch in the dining room with its grand fireplace is a treat to behold. With our understanding for Plas Dinam and its terrain developed over its first season we are able to offer a number of new dates for next season, certainly one for the bucket list.
For those of you that shoot with us you will know we have been raising money for the Welsh Air Ambulance. This has been done through a number of means but primarily through the shooting of white pheasants and sweepstakes. Monies are still coming in but final figures will be announced shortly, keep posted. Thank you to all our guests for their generosity over the season, it’s certainly going to be a valuable sum raised.
Finally we owe the success of our season to the hard work and dedication of our teams of Keepers, Hosts, Beaters, Loaders, Caterers and Pickers-up across all 9 estates, to whom we owe a great level of gratitude for bringing each day to come together and ensuring our guns have a day to remember – thank you!