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Matt Clark

Meet Matt Clark – Sporting Gun’s new Editor

Matt says: “I’m very lucky to have a job that combines my professional skills with my passion. Working on a magazine that I grew up reading is a tremendous privilege and I know many shooters would give their eyeteeth for this job.” Matt started shooting airguns when he was eight…

Postcode lottery

Quality of licensing service is a “postcode lottery”, says CA

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has said the quality of service a legal gun owner is likely to receive is a “real postcode lottery”. Following a Freedom of information (FOI) request, the CA said it found “staggering regional disparities” to the number of Section 7 permits issued over the past five years. Section…

shotgun cartridges

EU tables more “irrelevant” Firearms Directive proposals

Shooting organisations have expressed concern that further “draconian” amendments to the EU Firearms Directive have been tabled by the European Council, despite a number of MEPs already agreeing that existing proposals are “rushed” and “irrelevant”. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following the terrorist attacks in…

The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH enjoy the 2008 championship on the second day

The Queen at 90: Our Queen of the countryside

The Queen once said that if she had not become Queen she would have liked to be a lady living in the country with lots of horses and dogs. As we celebrate the Queen at 90, we have found ten reasons why the Queen is a true champion of country sports…

maize cultivation

Cost-cutting gamekeepers risk their drives, say experts

The company this month warned that, rather than poor weather conditions, it is keepers cutting corners with inadequate cultivation, inferior seed, too little fertiliser and poor pest control that are the biggest threat to shoots, which may be jeopardised by high crop recovery costs and lost birds. Chris Bright, managing…

National Park

National Parks survey asks whether shooting should be banned

  The Countryside Alliance (CA) and BASC are seeking to educate the Campaign for National National Parks (CNP) about the role that shooting plays in the countryside, after the organisation launched a survey asking whether shooting should be banned in National Parks. The CNP is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an…

green parakeet

Why green parakeets are now on the General Licence

On a Surrey farm where I help control pests, there is a magical moment every evening. It’s as regular as clockwork and occurs near dusk. The only warning is distant high-pitched squawks “kyik… kyik … kyik”. Regular shooters know the drill and swiftly duck behind some cover and turn to the farm’s South…

Countryfile Live! at Blenheim Palace

“We are not anti-shooting,” says Countryfile Live! show

The show, a spin-off from the BBC’s Countryfile TV series, is being held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in August, at the time of year and location of the old CLA Game Fair, which was one of the most important events in the shooting calendar for more than half a century.…

RSPB

Are the RSPB pro or anti-shooting?

Britain’s heather moorlands are both beautiful and rare, and they owe their existence to grouse shooting. If we are going to maximise the wildlife in these upland habitats, it is vital that conservation charities and gamekeepers can work closely together. This can be a fraught relationship; moorland gamekeepers fund their…

firearms ownership

Shooting Industry has little to fear from Brexit, say experts

A “Brexit” would have little or no major impact on UK firearms ownership, according to shooting industry leaders. While the 23 June in-out referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union (EU) could have consequences for the agricultural industry and the environment the shooting industry has less to worry…

Pig Hotel Brockenhurst

What is it about a Pig hotel that makes shooters feel at home?

There is a real buzz about the Pig hotel collection, started only five years ago, which stems from it doing things differently. Its commitment to growing its own food and sourcing produce locally — within 25 miles to be precise — is at the forefront of the business and runs through…

rural crime

Tackling rural crime

With more than 2 million people living and working within the Thames Valley, and a significant proportion of these in rural areas, preventing, identifying and investigating incidents of rural crime is a policing priority. The Police Crime Commissioner recognised this when he made rural crime a Force priority in 2012, and…

Horse wears tweed suit

Suits you sir!

The world’s first Harris Tweed suit has been revealed by 20-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The new equestrian fashion range is modelled by veteran race horse Morestead and features a three-piece suit complete with shirt, tie and flat cap.  The horse outfit was…

Burning moorland

RSPB criticised for twisting scientific evidence

The charity has said that heather burning on grouse moors is a “damaging practice”, basing its statements on a research paper written by an RSPB scientist and requesting government involvement last year. However independent scientists have studied the evidence and say that the RSPB press statements show “only passing resemblance to…

British farmland

Environment and farming ministers are split over Brexit

Environment minister Elizabeth Truss and farming minister George are split over the issue of Brexit. Mr Eustice surprised many in the farming industry when he gave his support last month to the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union (EU), while Ms Truss revealed she is backing the Prime Minister’s…

Conservation groups support Nature Directives status quo

Conservation groups support Nature Directives status quo

Both organisations welcomed the news that the European Parliament has voted not to review the two pieces of legislation, which are known jointly as the Nature Directives and were designed to protect and maintain birds and natural habitats across the EU. The EU Environment Commission says it still wishes to modernise…