The search is on for the country’s top gamekeepers.

Organisers of The CLA Game Fair, which takes place at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, from July 22-24, have launched a search to find the longest serving – and the brightest new – exponents of the keeper’s craft.

The awards provide an opportunity to recognise the sort of dedication a small band of people have given to the countryside.

They are presented to gamekeepers who have clocked up at least 40 years service on not more than three estates and to riverkeepers and gillies who have completed 25 years service on the same river system.

Nominations must be made by an employer. Details from The CLA Game Fair office, PO Box 6452, Basingstoke, Hants, RG25 2XQ or email gamefair@

The most talented and inspiring young gamekeeper is also being sought. Send details to Regina Tumbridge-Harringer, Shooting Times, 110 Southwark St, London SE1 0SU.