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Land Rover Defenders

Wishing a true countrywoman a very happy birthday

The Queen’s country credentials are impeccable. She’s reputed to have said that if she had not become Queen, she would have liked to have lived in the countryside with lots of horses and dogs. As a child she used to ride pretend horses around her bedroom and has had a…

Fox

Clear-up time for foxes and rabbits

One of the consequences of shooting foxes is that if there’s any increase in, say, the rabbit population, you’ll get the blame from the farmer whether it’s justified or not. As a result, one of the things that goes hand in hand with vulpine control is keeping a lid on the numbers of other pests in the vicinity. If…

Borthwick Castle

Spent too much time in the field last season?

13 Royal Palaces You Can Actually Stay In We’re always on the lookout for an incredible place to stay – and these fabulous palace hotels don’t disappoint… 1. Gstaad Palace, Switzerland The magnificent Gstaad Palace is nestled in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, its flag-topped turrets flanked by snow-capped mountains. The building…

The 10 most spectacular properties for sale in the world right now

Croix des Gardes, French Riviera Sumptuously neo-Palladian, the Castle of la Croix des Gardes entranced Grace Kelly when she filmed To Catch a Thief there with Cary Grant. It embodies the glorious hey-day of the French Riviera and is the only remaining castle to overlook the Bay of Cannes from…

10 beautiful destinations for golfers and non-golfers

10 Beautiful Destinations For Golfers And Non-Golfers The world is your Oyster! Golf is blessed with magnificent courses and stunning scenery all over the world. Rob Smith suggests a bucket-list tour of some of the game’s finest… With around 34,000 golf clubs worldwide, the game offers an inexhaustible supply of…

Larsen trap

The Larsen trap – a vital tool

Of all the pest control activities that we carry out, Larsen trapping for crows and magpies is perhaps the most visible. It therefore follows that the better we do it, the more likely we are to make the right impression on passers-by. Filthy Larsen traps, with dejected-looking decoys, standing on…

stetson and cowboy boots

Who shoots geese with a Remington .45?

“I spent most of my childhood shooting geese with a Remington .45” announced the moustachioed Texan. I took another sip of my damson gin, which a jolly girl selling tweed skirts on the ‘British game fair’ stand had poured me, and put the pistol down, “the best” apparently “for pig…

Nuthatch

Why the nuthatch is a sight to behold

One of the distinguishing features of nuthatches is that they can climb down trees — the only British bird that can do this. Woodpeckers and treecreepers work their way up the trunk, hunting for insects under the bark, then fly to the base of another tree to start again, but nuthatches can descend a tree headfirst. It is…

pair of Purdeys heirloom shotgun

What’s best? A family heirloom or a new shotgun?

Ben Samuelson chooses a family heirloom shotgun For the last 20 years I have shot with my late father’s 12 bore and, while I wish he was still using it, I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else. Firstly, I suppose I should point out that it doesn’t work terribly well. My father boxed for…

Liam Bell keeper

An interview with Liam Bell, chairman of the NGO

What did you do before becoming a keeper? I went to school! I never really wanted to do anything else. I remember my father, who was a chemical engineer, saying I’d make a good gamekeeper when I was 10 or 11 years old. I found out what one did and was hooked. It sounded like a…

Cogswell & Harrison shotgun

My favourite bit of shooting kit – by Tim Bonner

Tim chose his Cogswell & Harrison boxlock ejector, with 27 ½inch barrels, 2½ inch chambers – and weight 5¾lb. He explained: “My great-aunt Nancy Metcalfe-Gibson, a legendary sporting lady from Westmoreland, gave it to me when I was 15, over 30 years ago. She had inherited it from her mother,…

A percussion gun

Do you know your boxlock from your flintlock?

On the other hand, if you’re flummoxed as to what they mean but you want to be taken as a serious shooter who knows their stuff, then read on. The fact is, anybody can book a shooting lesson and after a bit of practice, hold their own at the clay…

Nick Radclyffe

Five minutes talking gin with Nick Radclyffe

What is the history of Foxdenton estate? The estate is based in Lancashire and was acquired by my family through marriage in 1367. Our branch of the family lived at Foxdenton Hall until the late 18th century when they moved down to Dorset; since then we have ended up in Buckinghamshire. The land was kept…