September Gun Dog Training Courses

Road Closure Notice – Diversion



Stourport bridge is closed for 5 days from Monday 5th July 2021.

If this is your normal route  – the best alternative  is to cross the river at Bewdley and turn left left at the top of the town (by the church) along the switch-back (B4194 Ribbesford Road).  This will bring you to the cross roads on the right side of the river. Straight over onto Pearl lane (signposted Shrawley).


Resurfacing works from Thursday 1st July for up to 5 days


Although the road works are still in place at teh junction of Larford lane – Larford Lane is open to traffic to access our Training grounds.


Resurfacing – Road closure (from Worcester side)

As can be seen from the map below – there is currently a short length of road closed on the B4196 heading from Worcester just before the junction of Larford Lane (Longmore Hill).  If the road is closed you will need to turn right at Bull Hill and follow the lane. Follow the lane and then keep right at the small triangular junction (Signposted Larford). Follow this lane and you will then need to turn left (signposted Larford) . if there is a further road closure (It has access to frontages – business open as usual). Drive up through the road closure and carry on. Follow the lane all the way turning sharp left at Larford Lakes. If you encounter any other road closures, speak to the workmen and they know where our training ground is and they will let you through! 😊

We can only apologies for the long-way round but there is no other route and because it’s only a lane to residential properties, the diversion is not clearly sign posted. We’ve added a map to show you in essence the diversion. Please allow about a further 10 minutes to your journey.


Group Gun Dog training is back!


Don’t miss our first Gun Dog Group Training courses of 2021!!!
We have a few spaces left on our Group Training Courses starting in May.
These courses will be delivered under covid guidelines, using the Rule of Six to keep everyone safe (max 5 in a group – 2 groups per course)… we are so excited to get started!!!
Level One (choice of two):
Tuesdays (7-9pm) – Tues 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th May; OR
Saturdays (10am-12pm) – Sat 8th & 22nd May, 5th & 19th June
Level Two:
Sundays (10am-12pm) – Sun 9th & 23rd May, 6th & 20th June
Level Three:
Sundays (1pm-3pm) – Sun 9th & 23rd May, 6th & 20th June
PLEASE NOTE – the Tuesday evening Level One is EVERY Tuesday for four weeks. All other courses are held EVERY-OTHER week.
Places must be booked in advance – please email if you are interested to book a place: 

Dog Theft – BASC Dog Owner Survey

BASC have recently launched a survey assessing the impact of dog theft over the last 12 months since lockdown began in March 2020. This short online survey hopes to provide valuable data to help ensure as much as possible is done to reduce the risk of theft and raise awareness. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete (yes it does, we’ve timed it!)

Statistics from organisation Dog Lost showed an increase of 160% in dog thefts since lock down.  With such a huge rise in the cost of puppies it’s not surprising that thefts have also increased.  

The survey, which is open to any dog owner runs until 18th April.   Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and contribute to helping reduce dog theft.  

Complete the online survey here: BASC online survey


Gundog Theft Awareness


In this weeks’ E-Bulletin BASC share their dedicated webpage providing advice and guidance on what to do if you are faced with dog theft or looking for a missing dog. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent the volume of puppy sales and prices soaring – people are seeking a companion for the long days in lockdown and provide the ideal escape and excuse to get out in the fresh air.

BASC commented that in a recent BBC article, Working Gundogs, are highly trained and indispensable to gamekeepers and those involved in shooting – making these animals a prime target for dog thieves due to them being highly trained, sociable and well mannered.

The write-up addresses some important hints and tips for preventing dog theft both at home or in kennels and extra precautions to take when out and about.  Whilst you will never stop the most determined of dog thieves, there are certainly deterrents you can put in place to make it less appealing and put them off.

BASC also offer tips for added security when selling puppies and advice on what to do if your dog is missing or thought stolen.

Yes they are working dogs, with a purpose, but they are certainly no less a part of a family as a pet dog and leave gamekeepers and the like devastated.

To read the full article visit the BASC website: Gundog Theft Awareness | Advice and guidance from BASC


Organised shoots will go-ahead this year


Shooting exempted from new COVID-19 restrictions in England
Following the latest article released this week by BASC (The British Association for Shooting & Conservation) many guns and gun dog handlers will by breathing a sigh of relief…

After substantial work by BASC and other organisations with government ministers and pro-shooting MPs, the government has announced exemptions, which cover shooting in England, to the rule of six which came into force (Monday, 14 September).


• Any outdoor physical activity which requires a licence issued by a public body for the activity itself, or for equipment used during the activity, will be exempt from the limits on numbers who may gather together

• For shooting, this means that where the organiser or a participant holds a valid shotgun or firearms certificate, there is no limit to the number of people who can gather for the purpose of the relevant activity while outdoors

• The organiser will be required to have undertaken a health and safety risk assessment and put in place all reasonable measures to limit transmission of COVID-19, including ‘test and trace’ protocols

• This exemption does not apply indoors where the gathering limit of six people will still apply

• Employees, such as beaters, pickers-up and loaders, are also exempt from gathering limits, both indoors and outdoors, where their gathering is necessary for work purposes.

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Spiralling pet insurance premiums

Insurance is big business in the UK, and COVID has certainly had an impact on premiums, particularly in light of the sharp increase in puppy prices and demand during the pandemic.

Whatever insurance company your choose, it’s important to make sure you understand exactly what your pet insurance policy covers (more importantly what is excluded). Particularly if you have a working dog for example or they compete at agility – be sure your policy will cover injuries sustained during these ‘working’ activities. Be honest about the level and type of work, condition of the dog and any previous medical history – there’s nothing worse than needing to put in claim to find the insurance wont pay-out when you need it to because of a minor detail you failed to disclose.

There are many different types of policy out there, don’t be tempted to simply go for the cheapest or one with the lowest excess. Check out the extent of cover or pay-outs under the various sections of the policy. You may find the excess varies dependent on the type of claim and the amount covered can also vary in the policy.

Some insurance companies offer ‘lifetime’ policies. This means that the policy is continuous, in so much that if your pet is diagnosed with a condition that will require ongoing treatment and medication during a policy year, this will continue to be covered even upon renewal of your policy. It’s important to understand if this applies to the policy you take out and how it works. Most policies as standard ‘reset’ each year so any pre-existing or recently diagnosed conditions may not be covered.

As with all insurances, pet insurance can be purchased online through many brokers and comparison websites. GoCompare have produced a useful report that reveals the cost of dogs and dog insurance during this most recent pandemic. It includes the average price of a dog by month, year and which breeds have been affected the most.

Our advice is always to speak to the insurers direct and ask explicitly to clarify certain aspects of your policy so that you are confident it meets your individual pets’ needs.


Do your research and if you have working dogs or are members of any associations for example BASC, check if they partner with a specific insurer as there may be further discounts available through your membership – BUT don’t assume. Always double check that the policy is right for you and your dog before signing up to a policy and ensure you read all the policy documentation as soon as you receive it. There is normally a cooling off period in which you can cancel if you find out in the fine print something which wasn’t made clear to you.


* This article has been written as guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. It is your responsibility to ensure any policy you take out is right for you.

Group Training – Book now for Summer 2020 courses

Summer 2020 Training
Fortiscorde are delighted to be running our Group Training Courses again!

Following the latest government update to the COVID-19 guidelines – we are re-launching our Group Training Courses

With the government increasing the number of individuals who can meet outside of their own household we have taken the decision to re-launch our popular Group Training Courses. Our first round of group training is now underway and due to limits on numbers, we are rolling out a second round. Level One & Two will commence on Sunday 9th August 2020. Pre-booking is essential due to restrictions on numbers.
Fortiscorde Gundogs training ground is set in 20 acres of open fields and social distancing can be observed.

Providing we all observe other COVID-19 guidance and are fit and well, we look forward to welcoming our handlers and their dogs back to continue their training.

Puppy Classes have also resumed – these are held on the last Saturday of the month. Suitable for puppies up to 6 months these popular classes offer plenty of support, advice and fun training techniques you can use with your pup during their early months. Pre-booking is essential due to restrictions on numbers.

Puppy Class Dates: Saturday 29th August & Saturday 26th September

Email us at: or message us on Face Book to book your lessons.

We hope to see you soon!

From the Fortiscorde team!



Announcing… One-to-One Training Bookings… NOW OPEN!

We are now taking bookings for 1-2-1 gun dog training lessons. 

Following the recent government update to the COVID-19 pandemic – we are now taking bookings for 1-2-1 gun dog training lessons. 

With the government announcing that individuals are now permitted to travel to undertake exercise and meet with one person outside of their own household we have taken the decision to re-open for 1-2-1 lessons.  Fortiscorde Gundogs training ground is set in 20 acres of open fields and social distancing can be observed at all times. 

Providing we all observe other COVID-19 guidance and are fit and well, we look forward to welcoming our handlers and their dogs back to continue their training. 

For the time being, group lessons will not be taking place. We await further guidance in the weeks to come on when we can roll-out new dates for group lessons and puppy classes.  If you have a  puppy and were looking to join one of our monthly puppy classes, please get in touch – we can arrange a 1-2-1 to get you started with some games and fun training techniques.

Email us at: or message us on Face Book to book your lessons.

We hope to see you soon!

From the Fortiscorde team!


Spring 2020 Training Courses