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…

Golden Plover

Time to enter the Golden Plover Award 2016 for moorland management

  The Golden Plover  recognises progressive, practical and sustainable moorland management in Scotland and this year the Award theme reflects sheep farming’s role as a major upland land use. Adam Smith, Director (Scotland) of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust said “The judges will be looking to identify the best…

Tim Maddams

A day with game cookery guru Tim Maddams

If Tim Maddams had taught me maths, I wouldn’t have dreaded afternoons of double maths and had to retake my maths ‘O’ Level. In fact, I’d probably have got an A straight off. That’s because Tim’s one of the most engaging speakers and teachers I’ve ever come across and what…

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Have your say on firearms licensing

It’s heartening to hear that MEP Vicky Ford appears to be listening to BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) over proposed changes to the EU’s Firearms Directive. Ms Ford is heading up a study into the proposals. Both organisations want EU politicians to steer clear of knee-jerk new gun controls that will…

George Digweed

George Digweed attacked in his own home

George Digweed and his wife Kate posted a statement on their Facebook page after ‘masked men’ broke into their house and stole money, guns, trophies, medals and his vehicle. In the statement they said: “Masked men broke into the house, I was badly beaten and we were subjected to a…

gamekeepers

Purdey Awards are now open

London gunmaker James Purdey and Sons is inviting entries for the 2016 Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation. Held annually since 1999, the awards seek to recognise and promote the outstanding game and habitat conservation work carried out by shoots across the UK. Entries are welcome from any type or…

gamekeeping

Furious backlash to Countryfile feature on gamekeepers

Presenter Matt Baker spent time with students training as gamekeepers. As part of the study, students were taught to shoot deer and butcher the quarry afterwards. The point of the feature was to address some of the misconceptions the public holds about gamekeepers and the voiceover made clear that deer…

sunrise over Scottish loch

Winner of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

Thousands of entries were received but winner Ian Cameron impressed with his stunning images shot in the Highlands with his “ancient” camera. Ian said: “I am absolutely delighted and surprised to have won. I thought the pictures I’d entered were pretty decent and that I’d do okay, but wow! I…

firearms licensing

Shooters urged to lobby MEPs about EU Firearms Directive

FACE UK is calling on shooters to make their voices heard by contacting their MEPs to register their opinions on proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following two separate terrorist attacks in Paris last year. Fears…

Shooting groups help shape EU firearms review

BASC and the Countryside Alliance (CA) have argued for a review of proposed changes to the European Firearms Directive, in a recent meeting with MEP Vicky Ford, who is leading the European Parliament’s scrutiny of the proposals. Plans to tighten European gun laws were made following the shootings at the Charlie…

CLA Fair

Field & Country Fair offers alternative to CLA Game Fair in 2016

The Field & Country Fair is set to be a popular annual fixture in the country sports community, replacing many of the events previously held by the now-defunct CLA Game Fair. Organised by Time Inc UK, the publishing company behind such well-respected, established and popular titles as Country Life, The Field,…

Cornbury Park

Buy your tickets for the 2016 Field & Country Fair

Buy your tickets in advance and get fast-track entry. And there are no booking fees! Advance ticket prices – book here now! Adult: £18 Student: (12 to 18) £10 Senior: £16 The new Field & Country Fair – Friday 10th June until Sunday 12th June 2016 – will feature world-renowned gunmakers, the…

people shooting in countryside

Report shows UK bird numbers halved since 70s

Shooters have a “major part” to play in conserving the UK’s bird populations, say countryside groups, following the publication of the 2015 UK Biodiversity Indicators Report by DEFRA and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee last month. The report highlights the declining fortunes of Britain’s birds, with statistics showing that between 1970 and 2014…

HRH Prince of Wales

RSPCA “at risk” of losing Royal support

The RSPCA is in danger of losing the support of the Royal Family due to its continued political campaigning, it has been claimed. A source told the Daily Telegraph last month that HRH the Prince of Wales has “fundamental disagreements” over many of the RSPCA’s key policies and has “privately voiced concerns” about…

Tree sparrow

A few places left on Big Farmland Bird Count ID Days

The BFBC initiative has been overwhelmingly popular and had a fantastic response. Most days are now sold out but if you’d like to get involved you’ll be pleased to hear there are a handful of places remaining on the South Wales ID Day. The event takes place on Friday 5 February…