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The UK’s first award-winning Damson Port revealed

Yorkshire drinks maker Raithorpe Manor won three gold stars at the recent 2014 Great Taste Awards for their unique Damson Port Liqueur after blind tasting. “Being awarded three stars is a huge achievement,” explained Tortie Farrand, spokesperson at the Great Taste Awards. “It means that the product has been blind…

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Golden eagle report welcomed

Scotland could support up to 16 breeding pairs of golden eagles but habitat loss and climate change have caused populations to decline

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Peter Wilson misrepresented by BBC’s Countryfile

Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson MBE has criticised the BBC’s coverage of shooting in its flagship rural affairs programme, Countryfile. The double trap champion was interviewed for the 6 July episode of the programme, which announced the findings of the latest report on the economic, environmental and social worth of…


RSPCA may stop hunt prosecutions

The RSPCA is considering a change in the way they pursue hunt prosecutions. Ray Goodfellow, chief legal officer, told the Sunday Times: “We are upholding the Hunting Act, the law of the land. But others want to repeal it and we have been caught up in their political campaign. “This…


Marks & Spencer grouse sales on hold

Marks & Spencer has announced that it will not be stocking red grouse this season. The retailer told The Times that it will resume stocking the bird once it has received “independent confirmation” that its supplier estates comply with a code of practice it is developing with the RSPB and…

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Boxer David Haye presents weather forecast for dogs

Boxer David Haye has presented a weather forecast – or pawcast – in an online video by MORE THAN Pet Insurance. The insurance company says the video was filmed to “raise awareness of the dangers dogs face in the humid, thundery and warm temperatures of summer” and is more than…

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Shooting champion can’t compete because of a lost jacket

Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim, who won gold in the 10m air rifle pais in New Delhi for Malaysia, has been ruled out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games after her luggage went missing and her competition jacket was lost. “She was a gold medallist last time and now she won’t…


Heatwave forecast for CLA Game Fair

A heatwave has been forecast for the Friday of the CLA Game Fair, with temperatures set to reach 28° in the afternoon. People have been told to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV levels will almost double in line with the rising temperatures. “We’ve got…