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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…

Holland & Holland Royal

What’s on every Gun’s luxury wish list?

1. Top gun The Holland & Holland Royal is a dream of an over-and-under shotgun with the traditional Holland & Holland scroll work. Beautifully made, wonderful to use, shoots well and quite simply superb. Prices begin at £60,375 plus VAT. Holland & Holland    2. A Bisley shooting instructor If…

Female keeper out in field

Meet Jude Ward – our new keeper columnist

A Cornish girl born and bred, 
I have always had a passion for the outdoor life and animals. My early years were spent helping on the family farm, charging around on my Dartmoor pony, Sherbie. I am one of that rare breed, a female keeper, and have been keepering for…

venue for a luxury French wine tour

Fancy a luxury French wine tour?

  Domaine Les Crayères Reims Where better to enjoy a glass of Champagne… We begin our wine tour to the sound of popping corks in Reims, the unofficial capital of Champagne. The region is also rich in history and art, boasting four UNESCO world heritage sites and the works of…

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…