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Christmas decorations

17 Christmas gift ideas for fieldsports lovers

Read on for Christmas gift ideas for fieldsports enthusiasts…and not a pair of socks in sight Gin by Fifty Pounds You can almost never go wrong by giving your host or hostess a bottle of decent gin. This one is better than decent as it was a winner in Country…

Woodburning stove

The best log burners and gas stoves you can buy

  Log burners and fires have enjoyed a huge renaissance, and it’s easy to see why. In the frost and snow of winter, nothing beats the traditional cosiness of a roaring log fire. Radiators and underfloor heating, while very efficient, simply don’t have the atmosphere-building qualities of crackling logs and flickering flames.…

The Yorke Arms Dining at the Yorke Arms

Six Michelin-starred restaurants serving game

Looking to eat game cooked by top chefs, in Michelin-starred surroundings? We’ve searched out six restaurants that are worth investigating. Some are in London, others range from Scotland to deepest Devon. Six Michelin-starred restaurants serving game   A post shared by Lyle’s (@lyleslondon) on Aug 7, 2017 at 8:07am PDT…

The Potting Shed pub Crudwell

Grouse and gin o’clock at The Potting Shed Pub

I think the weather gods must have got mixed up with their dates. The sun was shining as we drove down to Wiltshire on the Thursday evening before the August Bank Holiday weekend – and the weather continued to do the right thing for the next few days. Not a…

Tailor cutting tweed cloth

How tweeds are woven into the Scottish landscape

In the old Jacket Room at Campbell’s of Beauly, I’m being treated to the Highland equivalent of a visit to a Moroccan carpet shop. Sipping tea, I watch entranced as bolt after bolt of tweed is unfurled before me, each more seductive than the last. The litany of placenames –…

Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion – the real story

On 1 July 2015, an elderly 13-year-old black-maned lion, anthropomorphised by the name of Cecil, 
was legally shot but wounded in 
an area outside Hwange National 
Park in Zimbabwe. The hunter 
was an American, Dr Walter Palmer, using a bow under the guidance of professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst. 
The lion…

Royal Ascot

What you need to know about Royal Ascot 2017

This month, over 300,000 visitors will flock to Ascot racecourse to witness British flat racing at its finest as world class thoroughbreds compete for more than £6.6 million in prize money. Over the course of five days, eighteen Group races are run including eight Group Ones (the highest class of…

hen harrier

Have you seen a hen harrier?

The hen harrier has a huge global range, from Europe to Taiwan, with an estimated European population of 30,000 to 54,000 breeding pairs (BirdLife International, 2015). However, at the last national survey in 2010, the UK population was 662 breeding pairs, 505 pairs of which were in Scotland with strongholds…

Whisky for Father's Day

Whisky for Father’s Day – top choices from £23 to £2,000

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve – £23   If you’re not sure which type of single malt to go for, or you’re buying for a relative whisky newcomer, this is a good bet – particularly at the current offer price (it’s usually £32). It shocked some purists on its release –…

DIY shoot

Shooting must make friends, not enemies

For this challenging article, I asked the National Trust, the Countryside Alliance (CA), the RSPB, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and BASC how shooting is perceived and how it could improve its public…

Couture Hat

Classy hats for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot plus Royal Enclosure equals a hat. It is in fact part of the stringent dress code (and all the better for that). Not a publicity-hungry monstrosity but a supremely classy number that’s subtly eye-catching but still very elegant. A headpiece that complements an outfit and draws the compliments.…

What better time to take a luxurious wine tour through Italy?

If you’re in need of winning back brownie points with your partner then this might just do the trick. Imagine waking up in a Tuscan palazzo, surrounded by Chianti vineyards. Or perhaps a 12th-century castle in the heart of Barolo? Here’s some inspiration for a luxury tour through Italy’s finest…

Brexit

What’s going to happen to shooting after Brexit?

It is possible, if you have been hiding under a particularly large patch of heather, far, far away in the Scottish Highlands – maybe as far north as Ullapool – that you might not have heard the B word. Not “blast!” (when your Labrador has gone rogue), but Brexit. Don’t…