Long-living crows

I live in south-east London, where carrion crows have an easy life. For the past five or six years I've seen what I believe to be the same individual, recognisable by pale bases to its flight feathers. It is often to be found feeding in the local park where I…

Fascinating Phantams

Q) I can recall once seeing a photograph of a “phantam” — a cross between a bantam hen and a cock pheasant — on the letters page of Shooting Times. How unusual is this cross-breed, and are the offspring fertile? P. ACTON By email

BSA SPECIAL SPORTING

Q) I recently bought a double hammerless non-ejector shotgun at auction for £250. It is listed as a BSA Special Sporting gun in 12-bore and suitable for 23⁄4in cartridges. The number is 41746. Is it worth the price I paid and can I use modern cartridges in it? J. TREVELLION…