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NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock

A range of activities and information for those who love the countryside

NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock

An exciting new collaboration and a refreshed vibe all make a visit to the NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock a 'must do' at the 2019 show

There's classic rural work on show from the BASC (https://basc.org.uk)  working gundogs, with regular masterclasses throughout the day from champion handler Meurig Rees and his trusty Labradors.  The BASC will also be providing coaching in shooting lines** with Archery coaching provided by The Castle Archers. Coaching has an additional cost.

Spectacular aerial flying by West Wales Falconry will make the most of the wide skies, with the team providing an entertainment and informative sesson about each of their special birds.  This is as close as you can get to beautiful birds of prey - whatever age you are, you can share this amazing experience.

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For a sample of more country craft mixed with 'Black Country' humour, Simon will be back with the Ferret World (http://www.ferretworld.co.uk) . Fun and laughter guaranteed, plus some surprise ferret facts!

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The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority will have a presence and will be focusing on the theme of pollinators and wildflowers.  The stand will largely be made up of interactive elements, including creating a bug hotel and a wildflower sculpture made entirely of bottle tops, which they will invite visitors to contribute to.  In keeping with a theme taken up by the National Park Authority's main stand at the show, the stand will be "staffed" by National Park volunteers from the Pathways supported volunteering project and our Youth Rangers.

There's lots of trade stands in this area too, all linked to countryside activities and fun.

We are all aware of the need to support pollinators (flying insects which fertilise a whole range of important plants), and there will 'bee' help and advice from an experienced beekeeper.

Be sure not to miss the fabulous NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock during your visit to this year's show!  Here's the busy timetable, make sure you catch it all! Look out for these beautiful dogs too in the gun dog display.

 

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**Additional information from BASC -

Why not take some time at the BASC Shotgun Coaching Line  in the NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock!

The BASC  expert team of shotgun coaches will be on hand to offer lessons to novice and experienced shooters, and all equipment will be supplied. Each lesson includes:-
·         Gun fit
·         Eye dominance check
·         Stance and style
·         Shooting fault analysis and rectification
·         Advice to the novice and experience shot
The cost will be £20 for adults and £15 for 16 and under, however BASC members will be entitled to a £5 discount on production of a valid membership card.
In addition it will be possible to undertake the BASC Shotgun Safe Shot Assessment at the show.
BASC Shotgun Safe Shot provides those that take it with a chance to demonstrate a confident and safe use of shotguns in a field based situation.
Safe Shot takes about 20 minutes and costs only £20.
Please not there is no competition element to the coaching line, instruction only!



Messages from our partners this year:

Meurig Rees, BASC Regional for mid, south and west Wales and Training Officer.

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have supported the Pembrokeshire County Show and its Countryside area since 2005 and we are delighted and excited to be part of the continuing NFU Mutual Countryside Paddock.

BASC is a national representative body for sporting shooting with a membership of over 150,000 and growing.

'BASC Wales' aims to provide a public voice for shooting and conservation in Wales with cross party support in the Welsh Assembly Government. To campaign on the issues affecting shooting and conservation in Wales through balanced coverage in the Welsh media.  To defend the freedom of private firearms ownership, promote healthy quarry populations and habitats and encourage access to shooting in Wales. To raise standards and provide expert advice.

The show and countryside paddock bring the cities/towns and farming and the countryside together as one and showcase how farming, shooting and conservation go hand in hand. Our trade stand will be headed up by Meurig Rees, regional officer for Mid, South and West Wales. together with his knowledge we  will have plenty of free information for all on our stand for your shooting and conservation questions, we are also  supported by members of the Pembrokeshire Wildfowling Association and Gwenllan Country Crafts, not forgetting a chance to meet black Labradors Ceri, Holly and Ivy, all working gundogs up close and personal.

Meurig and his dogs will also form part of the ongoing displays that you will find going on in the paddock.

We look forwards to seeing you all at the Countryside Paddock and a huge thank you to NFU Mutual for its support.

 

 

 

 

 


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